One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Force someone to reduce the price of something.‘I had at least attempted to beat him down on the charter price’
barter, bargain, negotiate, discuss terms, quibble, wrangleView synonyms
- ‘He beat me down on the price. He got a bargain from a naive schoolboy and I still resent him now for that.’
- ‘She asks me for a bottle of country liquor and one chicken and a hundred rupees and I beat her down to fifty because that is all I have.’
- ‘They loved the house, and the garden, but Ms Doctor was the kind of buyer who thinks she can beat the price down by finding bad things on which to fasten.’
- ‘Legitimate net design guys like me struggle to get clients, who then beat us down on price.’
- ‘Some buyers tend to view the survey as a way of beating the price down further but that's human nature, and you learn to cope with it.’
- ‘Friends say if you ask to borrow a fiver, he'd beat you down to £4.’
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