work over

work over
verb
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
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Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night

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The teacher used to beat the students

Syn: ↑beat, ↑beat up
Derivationally related forms: ↑beating (for: ↑beat)
Hyponyms:
strong-arm, ↑soak, ↑pistol-whip, ↑belabour, ↑belabor, ↑rough up, ↑flog, ↑welt, ↑whip, ↑lather, ↑lash, ↑slash, ↑strap, ↑trounce, ↑cane, ↑lambaste, ↑lambast, ↑knock cold, ↑knock out, ↑kayo, ↑thrash, ↑thresh, ↑lam, ↑flail, ↑clobber, ↑baste, ↑batter, ↑spank, ↑paddle, ↑larrup
Entailment: ↑hit
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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transitive verb
Etymology: work (III)
1. : to subject to thorough examination or study or treatment

shelf stock would get thoroughly worked over as shoppers sought out packages with the latest dates — Modern Packaging

spent some time in working over the available books — A.T.Weaver

working over not only the edge and point but the entire surface of their artifacts — A.L.Kroeber

2.
a. : to do over : rework

saved the play by working the first act over

worked over the old furniture

b. : to revise or alter radically or systematically

the frontier … had worked them over inside — W.P.Webb

3.
a. : to beat up or manhandle especially with deliberate thoroughness

none of them hesitated to work a man over for shifting a little out of line or talking — R.O.Bowen

working them over with sabers, billies, and gun butts — Time

b. : to pick the pockets of
c. : to subject to thorough or systematic artillery fire, bombing, or strafing

destroyers had worked over the point with their five-inch guns — Bill Alcine

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work over
1. To do or work at thoroughly or elaborately
2. To examine in detail
3. To beat up, thrash (slang; workˈ-over or workˈing-over noun)
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Main Entry:work

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ˌwork ˈover [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they work over he/she/it works over present participle working over past tense worked over past participle worked over] informal phrasal verb
to injure someone severely by hitting them
Thesaurus: to attack a person or objectsynonym to hit a personsynonym
Main entry: work

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work over [phrasal verb]
work (someone) over informal : to hurt (someone) by hitting, kicking, etc.

He looked like someone had worked him over [=beat him up] pretty good.

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Main Entry:work

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