rough up

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rough up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. informal to treat violently; beat up
2. to cause (feathers, hair, etc) to stand up by rubbing against the grain
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rough up - treat violently; "The police strong-armed the suspect"
beat up, work over, beat - give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"


1. Having a surface that is not smooth:
2. Consisting of or covered with large particles:
3. Violently disturbed or agitated, as by storms:
4. Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength:
5. Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort:
6. Hard to deal with or get out of:
Informal: sticky.
8. Marked by vigorous physical exertion:
9. Disagreeable to the sense of hearing:
10. In a primitive state; not domesticated or cultivated; produced by nature:
11. Not perfected, elaborated, or completed:
12. Lacking expert, careful craftsmanship:
To be rough or brutal with.Also used with up:
Slang: mess up.
phrasal verb
rough in or out
To draw up a preliminary plan or version of:
phrasal verb
rough up
To injure or damage, as by abuse or heavy wear:
batter, knock about (or around), mangle, maul.
A preliminary plan or version, as of a written work:

w>rough up

vt sep hairzersausen, verstrubbeln (inf); (inf) personzusammenschlagen
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