Definition of beat down
1 of the sun : to shine down with great heat and strength The blazing sun was beating down on us mercilessly/relentlessly.
2 : to hit (something, such as a door) so that it falls down The police had to beat down the door to get into the house. The storm beat the crops down. —often used figuratively Years of failure had beaten him down.
3 chiefly British : to cause (someone) to lower a price I beat her down from £30 to £15.
4 chiefly British : to cause someone to lower (a price) I beat her asking price down from £30 to £15.
Word by Word Definitions
: to strike repeatedly:
: to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain
: to walk on : tread
: a single stroke or blow especially in a series
: pulsation, tick
: a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)
: being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted
: sapped of resolution or morale
: of, relating to, or being beatniks
: toward or in a lower physical position
: to a lying or sitting position
: toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom
: down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on
: to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as
: to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down
: occupying a low position
: lying on the ground
: directed or going downward
: descent, depression
: an instance of putting down (see 1down) (as an opponent in wrestling)
: a complete play to advance the ball
: a covering of soft fluffy feathers
: these feathers
: something soft and fluffy like down
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