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beat-up

[beet-uhp]
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adjective
  1. Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy.
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noun
  1. 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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  • Auerbach shoved himself down off the bench, and pulled out a beat-up package of cigarettes.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • 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

  • Alec, you beat-up little grease pot, what brings you to New York?

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison