And yet, not only has the McConnell machine failed to shift into higher gear, it has sputtered worse than a beat-up jalopy.
In front of it stood a beat-up stove on top of which sat a shoulder of pork braising in hot manteca (lard).
As the sun sets, a cluster of punks from Phoenix arrive in two beat-up vans.
The Aussie would drive from audition to audition in her beat-up car, only to be shot down on the regular.
But not without that bike in front of me with a big jukebox to distract me from being a beat-up little kid.
That same day, Hanger pulled over a beat-up Mercury Marquis with no license plates cruising down a highway headed to Kansas.
Alec, you beat-up little grease pot, what brings you to New York?
They come galloping in on camel-back or in beat-up old vehicles, firing their hunting rifles into the air.
Auerbach shoved himself down off the bench, and pulled out a beat-up package of cigarettes.
Battered and damaged, esp by age and use: He drove a beat-up Volvo/ an old beat-up dog (1930s+)