beat a path


: to make (a path) by walking over the ground many times
They beat a path through the woods to the stream.
sometimes used figuratively
If you work hard and well, success will beat a path to your door.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Make the specific universal and the world will beat a path to your door. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2023 Which is why Hyperion is such a special draw, tempting those who like to experience such extremes to beat a path to its 380 feet (115 meters) of towering trunk, branch and leaf. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Over the past two months, the U.K. has joined the U.S. in ratcheting up pressure on the Kremlin, helping to beat a path for other Western nations to sharpen their stances against Russia, officials and analysts say. Max Colchester, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Global collectors beat a path to her door. Mark Greif, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 Not everyone is so sure that business-class travelers will beat a path to a supersonic airplane. Christine Negroni, Robb Report, 30 June 2021 Diplomats, Western officials, generals, tribal elders and politicians on all ends of Afghanistan’s political spectrum regularly beat a path to Karzai’s door in the heart of the Afghan capital. Kathy Gannon,, 20 June 2021 Being alone and unaided — there won’t be an escort craft — will surely prove as tough as the physical strength needed to beat a path through the turbulent sea to Waikiki. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 The girl whose horses’ hooves beat a path for women and Black people in a sport that has historically sidelined both is virtually unknown. New York Times, 28 May 2021 See More

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“Beat a path.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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