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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


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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