from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to haggle with (any one) to secure a lower price; to force down.
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You remember the machinery which the federalists played off, about that time, to beat down the friends to the real principles of our constitution, to silence by terror every expression in their favor, to bring us into war with France and alliance with England, and finally to homologize our constitution with that of England.
But the bad thing, it had the power to shut Papa's mouth, to beat down the strongest, best man Al Junior ever knew or heard of.