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1(of the sun) radiate intense heat and brightness:‘the sun beat down on them with fiery intensity’
- ‘The sun was beating down heating the cold morning air.’
- ‘Just being down by the bay was cooler, and the breeze coming off the water was a nice antidote for the bright sun beating down on them from over the hill.’
- ‘I was standing on the pavement, the heat beating down on the back of my neck.’
- ‘With the heat beating down on them, people queued up in front of fresh fruit juice stalls to quench their thirst.’
- ‘It had been more than three hours since his last break, and the heat was beating down on him relentlessly.’
- ‘She stared out at the bright sun beating down on the white sidewalks and the palm trees that lined her street.’
- ‘Bright sunshine was beating down yesterday on the lines of parked Mercedes and Porsches in well-heeled Ilkley but it has been a dark few days for the town.’
- ‘It was midday, and the sun beat down with incredible intensity.’
- ‘You'll choke on dust and faint in the heat of a fierce desert sun that beats down from a jaundiced sky.’
- ‘She awoke to the bright sunlight beating down on her.’
- 1.1 (of rain) fall hard and continuously:‘the rain continued to beat down on him’
- ‘‘There is nothing better than curling up on the settee with a cup of coffee and the papers while the rain beats down on the glass above you,’ he says.’
- ‘With wind, rain and hail stones beating down the girls gave a full-hearted team performance showing good skills and determination.’
- ‘I put my hand on my pistol and stepped inside, standing still until my eyes adjusted to the dark, listening to the rain beat down upon the metal roof.’
- ‘The merciless rain beat down so hard, even the thick canopy of the dark woods gave way to the crashing heavy droplets.’
- ‘We hied back to our hotel, where we took refuge under the veranda of the beachfront bar and watched the rain beat down with a tumultuous fury.’
- ‘The rain seemed to beat down on her until it seemed like it would flood the whole countryside.’
- ‘At least the rain wasn't beating down on us anymore.’
- ‘I leaned wearily into MaryAnn's shoulder and sat for a moment, drying my tears and listening to the rain beat down on the roof and windows of the chapel.’
- ‘The rain was beating down hard and both Daryl and Melissa were soaked to the bone.’
- ‘The September rain beat down on the roof incessantly, and the grey, cloudy skies made the whole situation depressing.’
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