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give someone the works

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give someone the works

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To mistreat or beat severely; clobber, WORK someone OVER: They took him into the adjoining room and gave him the works (1920+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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