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Why beat down the nature given to us by a power beyond our control?

For a moment he lifted his stick as if to beat down the door.

Can he not, at the head of his army, beat down every opposition?

Then followed another growl which the colonel tried to beat down.

It beat down the wheat and pattered like elfin bullets on the forest leaves.

"My word," she answered, finding that she could not beat down his eye.

Did you not beat down the greatest of Moncrossen's fighting men?

Two of you to each window, and beat down with your cutlasses all who try to board.

There are also bombards which we could drag over the hills, and so beat down this iron gate.

Then followed another growl which the Colonel tried to beat down.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "a beating, whipping; the beating of a drum," from beat (v.). As "throb of the heart" from 1755. Meaning "regular route travelled by someone" is attested from 1731, also "a track made by animals" (1736), from the sense of the "beat" of the feet on the ground (late Old English), or perhaps that in beat the bushes to flush game (c.1400), or beat the bounds (1560s). Extended to journalism by 1875. Musical sense is by 1842, perhaps from the motion of the conductor and the notion of "beating the time":

Earlier in music it meant a sort of grace note:

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