One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Force (someone trying to do something) to retreat.‘I was beaten back by the flames’
repel, fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back, put to flightView synonyms
- ‘Several people risked their lives in the early hours of Saturday morning to try to rescue those who died but the intensity of the fire was such that they were beaten back by the flames.’
- ‘A friend of a 13-year-old girl who drowned on a school trip to France said she was beaten back by waves as she attempted to reach her stricken companion.’
- ‘They had tried to get into the house through the back door, on their knees, but they were beaten back by the heat and smoke.’
- ‘She managed to help her father out of the house, but when she tried to get back inside to help others she was beaten back by the flames.’
- ‘One of the attackers opened fire as the brave pensioner beat them back into the hallway.’
- ‘Despite their brave efforts, they were beaten back by dense smoke and flames as they tried to get into the upstairs bedroom.’
- ‘We tried for a summit attempt on May 29 but we were beaten back by the weather.’
- ‘Half a dozen ran forward, as if they thought they could somehow dash into that seething inferno and pull him out, but the heat beat them back, and they stopped helplessly.’
- ‘There were women fighting to get in, but the flames beat them back.’
- ‘Police used truncheons to beat them back, but no major injuries were reported.’
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