beat up on
phrasal to attack physically or verbally

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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 — phrasal : to attack physically or verbally borderline sociopaths … beat up on even bigger meanies Steven Flax wouldn t gain much by beating up on our universities S.D.Bryen * * * another way of saying beat someone up * * * beat up on [phrasal… …   Useful 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 somebody — ˌbeat ˈup on sb derived (also ˈbeat on sb) (NAmE) to blame sb too much for sth • Don t beat up on Paul, he tried his best. Main entry: ↑beat …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat up on yourself (about something) — ˌbeat yourself ˈup (about/over sth) derived (also ˌbeat ˈup on yourself (about/over sth)) (NAmE, informal) to blame yourself too much for sth …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat up on yourself (over something) — ˌbeat yourself ˈup (about/over sth) derived (also ˌbeat ˈup on yourself (about/over sth)) (NAmE, informal) to blame yourself too much for sth …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

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