Force or drive down; defeat or subdue. For example, "And finally to beat down Satan under our feet" (The Book of Common Prayer, 1552). [c. 1400]
Strike violently, as in the The sun kept beating down on us all day long. [Mid-1800s]
beat someone down. Make someone lower a price, as in He's always trying to beat us down. Economist Jeremy Bentham used this idiom in 1793: "Thus monopoly will beat down prices." [Slang; late 1700s]
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