Definition of working-over in English:

working-over

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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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