from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Slang Damaged or worn because of neglect or heavy use.
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- adj. Worn out by overuse; in a state of disrepair
- n. An artificially or disingenuously manufactured outcry, usually in the media.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. same as beaten-up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
- v. gather
- adj. damaged by blows or hard usage
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Referring to a beat-up offensive line's poor showing in the spring, Holmes says, Our skill positions are stacked at every spot.
Except beneath the scribbled-on-walls, beat-up dance floor, and smoky atmosphere lurked a very different bar in the basement.
In her hands she clutched a beat-up copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, open to the middle.
Beyond the grainy rasp in Mr. Long's voice, the earthiness of "A Winter Tale" is due in part to the aural ambience of Mr. Watson's all-analog studio in Hackney, London; a beat-up old guitar Mr. Long used on several tracks; and the singer-songwriter's relative inexperience: When Mr. Watson brought in a group of accomplished musicians to provide support, it was the first time Mr. Long had ever played with a band.
He was grasping a beat-up, old tin can in one hand, his other arm was partially cut off.
The reader gets another glimpse of a younger, less beat-up looking Clem fighting what look like Vikings.
Some of the transit cops wore uniforms although without badges and others just t-shirts and driving beat-up pick-ups with light-bars that worked quite well.
Out front, under the arch of the faux adobe facade, Seitan sat at a beat-up, bolted-down table.
Tired of denying all the gossip about him, the young boy now gives in; he reacts with claims too harsh for my palette, like "my mother is a prostitute" and "I beat-up my brother so much yesterday that he was covered in blood."
My wife and I almost beat-up a six-year-old girl yesterday.