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beat-up

[ beet-uhp ]
/ ˈbitˈʌp /
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adjective
Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy.
noun
the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets.
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Origin of beat-up

First recorded in 1935–40; adj., noun use of verb phrase beat up
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How to use beat-up in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beat-up

beat up
/ informal /

verb
(tr, adverb) to strike or kick (a person), usually repeatedly, so as to inflict severe physical damage
beat oneself up informal to reproach oneself
adjective beat-up
worn-out; dilapidated
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Other Idioms and Phrases with beat-up

beat up

1

Strike repeatedly, as in She told the police her husband had beaten her up. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

2

Also, beat up on. Attack verbally, as in That newspaper article really beat up on the town council. [Slang; late 1900s]

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