Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy.
the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets.
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How to use beat-up in a sentence
Lots of Republicans feel they were sent to Washington to beat up on immigrants.
I got to beat up on those kids with the perfectly pressed uniforms.
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If Poroshenko is afraid of fighting a woman, nobody would believe he could beat up Putin!
When our hero is ambushed by dozens of agents in an elevator, we see him beat up every single one in close combat.How ‘Captain America’ Almost Got It Right but Ended Up Being a Dud | Sujay Kumar | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And Sara Lee beat up the eggs and found, after a bad moment, some salt in a box, and then poured her omelet into the pan.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
The captain refused, telling me why; and at last I had to beat up for people almost with prayers.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
The French and Turkish fleets combined were ten leagues south this morning, trying to beat up to us.The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
We'll beat up through this channel to the north side of the ice-field.Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
Yes, I'm the one that got wet, but you're the one that got beat up!The Call of the Beaver Patrol | V. T. Sherman
British Dictionary definitions for beat up
(tr, adverb) to strike or kick (a person), usually repeatedly, so as to inflict severe physical damage
beat oneself up informal to reproach oneself
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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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