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  • v. To improve a prototype, or first draft.
  • v. To physically attack in order to cause injury.

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


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