[ beet-uhp ]
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  1. Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy.

  1. the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets.

Origin of beat-up

First recorded in 1935–40; adj., noun use of verb phrase beat up

Words Nearby beat-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beat-up in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beat up

beat up

/ informal /

  1. (tr, adverb) to strike or kick (a person), usually repeatedly, so as to inflict severe physical damage

  2. beat oneself up informal to reproach oneself

  1. worn-out; dilapidated

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Other 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]

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