beat back

phrasal verb
beat back; beaten back or beat back; beating back; beats back

Definition of beat back

: to force (someone) to go back or to retreat by fighting Our troops were beaten back by enemy forces. Police used batons to beat the protesters back.

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“Beat back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beat%20back. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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