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working-over

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Definition of working-over in English:

noun

informal
A punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly; a beating: she told him to give me a good working-over as payback
More example sentences
  • Three men came round to his apartment block, ambushed him in the stairwell, and gave him a violent working over.
  • They gave him a vicious working over, but he wouldn't talk.
  • The climax of this film was a scene in which two thugs give Roy a working-over in a barn.

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