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English verb: ill-use

1. ill-use (social) treat badly


SamplesThis boss abuses his workers.
She is always stepping on others to get ahead.


ExamplesThey want to ill-use the prisoners


Synonymsabuse, ill-treat, maltreat, mistreat, step


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat


Narrower (hyponym)kick around









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