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- v. To pelt, thrash, or cudgel soundly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrash soundly.
But they told us they did as they ought, seeing their design was to breech, lash, and bethwack Fortune.
Then did this fool of a husband and his mad wife join together, and, falling on the doctor and the surgeon, did so scratch, bethwack, and bang them that they were left half dead upon the place, so furious were the blows which they received.
By cob's body, I'll hamper, bethwack, and belabour all the devils, now I have some vine-leaves in my shoes.
I’ll hamper, bethwack, and belabour all the devils, now I have some vine-leaves in my shoes.
Picrochole thus in despair fled towards the Bouchard Island, and in the way to Riviere his horse stumbled and fell down, whereat he on a sudden was so incensed, that he with his sword without more ado killed him in his choler; then, not finding any that would remount him, he was about to have taken an ass at the mill that was thereby; but the miller's men did so baste his bones and so soundly bethwack him that they made him both black and blue with strokes; then stripping him of all his clothes, gave him a scurvy old canvas jacket wherewith to cover his nakedness.