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  • v. To give a severe beating to.
  • v. To attack suddenly; to alarm.
  • v. To cause by some other means, injuries comparable to the result of being beaten up.
  • v. To feel badly guilty and accuse oneself over something. Usually followed by over or about.
  • v. Repeatedly bomb a military target or targets.
  • v. To get something done, derived from the idea of beating for game
  • v. To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
  • adj. Battered by time and usage; beaten up.
  • n. A person who, or thing that, has been beaten up.
  • n. An act of beating up:
  • n. An artificially or disingenuously manufactured alarm or outcry, especially one agitated by or through the media.
  • n. A tree planted later than others in a plantation.


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  • Old Jube's pulse beat up and his sharp eyes shone more brightly than ever.


  • They beat up five tars from HMS Superb with naboots, stabbing one to death, and attacked merchant sailors from the SS Tanjore.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Page 33 to the courthouse to try to register, and they beat up Charles Sherrod and several other people.

    Oral History Interview with Frances Pauley, July 18, 1974. Interview G-0046. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • A piece of blood-stained paper, caught up from some meat-buyer's dust-heap, beat up and down the road without the gate; too flimsy to rest, too heavy to fly away; and a few straws kept it company.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • But after two years of Willie-free horror, he showed up again and beat up a security guard who was trying to stop him from coming into my office.

    The Office girls

  • ‘43 De Haven told me she wanted to reform because some Mexican boyfriend of hers got beat up in the zoot suit riots and she wanted to work more efficaciously for the People’s Revolt.

    The Big Nowhere

  • On his first time up, Sabo whiffed against Giants righthander Paul McClellan and then beat up a bat rack in rage.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • The whole country beyond Jugdulluk was up, and the hills were swarming with hostile Afghans, all either on their way to help beat up Sale's force, or else preparing for something bigger - there was talk among the villagers of a great jehad or holy war, in which the feringhees would be wiped out; it was on the eve of breaking out, they said.


  • But Nelson, with the utmost politeness, insisted upon paying them this compliment, followed them close in spite of all their attempts to elude his vigilance, and never lost sight of them; till, finding it impossible either to deceive or escape him, they gave up their treacherous purpose in despair, and beat up for Martinico.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Tess beat up the long hill still faster; but she could not outwalk them without exciting notice.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles


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