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- v. To beat up.
- v. To berate; to scold.
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- v. hit violently, as in an attack
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For all that, he had an odd, soft streak; when one of the Chinks was knocked overside by a swinging boom, and we lost way fishing him out, I looked to see Ward lay into him with a rope's end for his clumsiness, or hang him from the rail to dry.