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    beaten down

    Does this "beaten down" refer to a figurative meaning of "injuring someone by hitting him"?

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    Re: beaten down

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    5 beat somebody ↔ down to make someone feel defeated, so they no longer respect themselves : The women seemed beaten down.

    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.

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