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beat up

1. (tr, adverb) to strike or kick (a person), usually repeatedly, so as to inflict severe physical damage
2. beat oneself up to reproach oneself
3. worn-out; dilapidated
4. in bad condition
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Verb1.beat up - give a beating tobeat up - 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"
strong-arm - use physical force against; "They strong-armed me when I left the restaurant"
soak - beat severely
pistol-whip - beat with a pistol
belabour, belabor - beat soundly
rough up - treat violently; "The police strong-armed the suspect"
flog, lash, lather, trounce, welt, whip, slash, strap - beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced"
cane, lambast, lambaste, flog - beat with a cane
kayo, knock cold, knock out - knock unconscious or senseless; "the boxing champion knocked out his opponent in a few seconds"
flail, thrash, lam, thresh - give a thrashing to; beat hard
clobber, baste, batter - strike violently and repeatedly; "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"
larrup, spank, paddle - give a spanking to; subject to a spanking
2.beat up - gatherbeat up - gather; "drum up support"    
collect, pull in - get or bring together; "accumulate evidence"
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(biːt) past tense beat: past participle ˈbeaten verb
1. to strike or hit repeatedly. Beat the drum.
2. to win against. She beat me in a contest.
3. to mix thoroughly. to beat an egg.
4. to move in a regular rhythm. My heart is beating faster than usual.
5. to mark or indicate (musical time) with a baton etc. A conductor beats time for an orchestra.
1. a regular stroke or its sound. I like the beat of that song.
2. a regular or usual course. a policeman's beat.
ˈbeater noun
ˈbeating noun
ˈbeaten adjective
1. overcome; defeated. the beaten team; He looked tired and beaten.
2. mixed thoroughly. beaten egg.
beat about the bush
to approach a subject in an indirect way, without coming to the point or making any decision.
beat down
1. (of the sun) to give out great heat. The sun's rays beat down on us.
2. to (force to) lower a price by bargaining. We beat the price down; We beat him down to a good price.
beat it
to go away. Beat it, or I'll hit you!; She told her little brother to beat it.
beat off
to succeed in overcoming or preventing. The old man beat off the youths who attacked him; He beat the attack off easily.
beat a (hasty) retreat
to go away in a hurry. The children beat a hasty retreat when he appeared.
beat up
to punch, kick or hit (a person) severely and repeatedly. He beat up an old lady.
off the beaten track
away from main roads, centres of population etc.
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