English verb: work over
|1.||work over (contact) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression|
|Samples||Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night.|
The teacher used to beat the students.
|Synonyms||beat, beat up|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody|
|Narrower (hyponym)||baste, batter, belabor, belabour, cane, clobber, flail, flog, flog, kayo, knock cold, knock out, lam, lambast, lambaste, larrup, lash, lather, paddle, pistol-whip, rough up, slash, soak, spank, strap, strong-arm, thrash, thresh, trounce, welt, whip|