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run a number on

Slang definitions & phrases for run a number on

do a number on

verb phrase

  1. To take advantage of, esp by deception; mistreat; screw: You people ran a number on us. Whenever we brought it up, you walked away/ get even with Leonard for doing that number on her
  2. To affect adversely, esp as to morale and self-esteem: He really did a number on her when he told her the boss didn't like her report
  3. To beat; trounce; clobber: He tells me to work this guy over, do a number on him/ Duke Does Number on Michigan (1970s+)

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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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