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English verb: beat up

1. beat up (contact) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression


SamplesThugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night.
The teacher used to beat the students.


ExamplesThey want to beat up the prisoners


Synonymsbeat, work over


Pattern of useSomebody ----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


Entailhit

2. beat up (contact) gather


SamplesDrum up support.


Synonymsdrum up, rally


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)collect, pull in









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