beat back something

beat back (something) to reduce the power or importance of something.

People who experience a disaster have to beat back the fear and sadness all over again when another disaster strikes.

Once again, health-care reform has been beaten back in Congress.


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  • beat back — (something) to reduce the power or importance of something. People who experience a disaster have to beat back the fear and sadness all over again when another disaster strikes. Once again, health care reform has been beaten back in Congress …   New idioms dictionary

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  • beat sth back — UK US beat sb/sth back Phrasal Verb with beat({{}}/biːt/ verb [T] (beat, beaten, US also beat) ► to stop someone or something from succeeding: »The central bank has come a step closer to cutting interest rates by trumpeting its success in beating …   Financial and business terms

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