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Origin of beat-up
Words nearby beat-up
Example sentences from the Web for beat-up
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).A Culinary Tour to Answer the Age-Old Question: Why Is Mexican Food So Good?|Condé Nast Traveler|November 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Aussie would drive from audition to audition in her beat-up car, only to be shot down on the regular.Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence & More (VIDEO)|Marlow Stern|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That same day, Hanger pulled over a beat-up Mercury Marquis with no license plates cruising down a highway headed to Kansas.Oklahoma City Bombing’s Unanswered Questions in New Book|Michael Isikoff|April 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But not without that bike in front of me with a big jukebox to distract me from being a beat-up little kid.
They come galloping in on camel-back or in beat-up old vehicles, firing their hunting rifles into the air.Border, Breed Nor Birth|Dallas McCord Reynolds
Auerbach shoved himself down off the bench, and pulled out a beat-up package of cigarettes.Sense from Thought Divide|Mark Irvin Clifton
Alec, you beat-up little grease pot, what brings you to New York?The Velvet Glove|Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for beat-up
Idioms and Phrases with beat-up
Strike repeatedly, as in She told the police her husband had beaten her up. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
Also, beat up on. Attack verbally, as in That newspaper article really beat up on the town council. [Slang; late 1900s]