beat up on
phrasal to attack physically or verbally

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • beat up on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms beat up on : present tense I/you/we/they beat up on he/she/it beats up on present participle beating up on past tense beat up on past participle beaten up on American 1) beat up on someone same as beat up 1)… …   English dictionary

  • beat up on — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone beats up on a person or beats on them, they hit or kick the person many times. [AM] [V P P n] He beat up on my brother s kid one time. [Also V P n] 2) PHRASAL VERB If someone beats up on another person, they threaten… …   English dictionary

  • beat up on — hit and injure, defeat in a fight    Why does he beat up on people? Because his dad beat up on him …   English idioms

  • beat up on someone — North American way of saying beat someone up. → beat …   English new terms dictionary

  • beat up — beat (someone) up 1. to strongly criticize someone. The candidates spent the time beating each other up instead of talking about how to improve the economy. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form beat up on someone: Sanchez beat up on Brown for… …   New idioms dictionary

  • beat up — v. (slang) (AE) (d; intr.) to beat up on ( to beat ) (to beat up on smb.) * * * [ biːt ʌp] (slang) (AE) (d; intr.) to beat up on (to beat up on smb.; to beat ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • beat up phrasal — verb 1 (transitive beat someone up) to hurt someone badly by hitting them: They claimed they had been beaten up by the police. 2 beat up on AmE to hit someone and harm them, especially someone younger or weaker than yourself 3 beat up on yourself …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • beat up — {v.}, {informal} To give a hard beating to; hit hard and much; thrash; whip. * /When the new boy first came, he had to beat up several neighborhood bullies before they would leave him alone./ Used with on in substandard speech. * /The tough boy… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat up — {v.}, {informal} To give a hard beating to; hit hard and much; thrash; whip. * /When the new boy first came, he had to beat up several neighborhood bullies before they would leave him alone./ Used with on in substandard speech. * /The tough boy… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat\ up — v informal To give a hard beating to; hit hard and much; thrash; whip. When the new boy first came, he had to beat up several neighborhood bullies before they would leave him alone. Used with on in substandard speech. The tough boy said to Bill,… …   Словарь американских идиом

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