rough up


verb (tr, adverb)

informal to treat violently; beat up
to cause (feathers, hair, etc) to stand up by rubbing against the grain

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Idioms and Phrases with rough up

rough up

Manhandle, subject to physical abuse, as in The gang was about to rough him up when the police arrived. [First half of 1900s]

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