beat someone into (doing) something: to beat a person until the person agrees to do something or to assume a particular attitude.
- They had to beat John into submission before he gave up.
- Max threatened to beat Lefty into helping him rob the candy store.
beat something into someone: Fig. to use physical abuse to get someone to learn something; to work very hard to get someone to learn something.
- Do I have to beat this into your head?
- Why can't you learn? Why do I have to beat in this information?
- Can't you learn by yourself? Does someone have to beat it in?
1. To mix something with something else with a vigorous stirring motion.
2. To batter someone or something into some state or condition.
3. To force someone to do something, esp. through the use of physical violence.
- I beat the eggs into the milk and flour gently, so that the batter didn't get too stiff.
- The robbers beat their victim into submission.
- I didn't want to cooperate with those crooks, but they beat me into being the driver of the getaway car.
... McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, The American Heritage