One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Beat (someone) up.‘they're real aggro men who'll marmalize anybody for a few quid’
- ‘I have been heard to say that I am going to "Marmalize" someone.’
- ‘The Diddy Men were just around the corner marmalizing a passer by.’
- ‘We will not rest until the truth is heard-even the threat of marmalizing cannot shut us up!’
- ‘You're sent home from school for mooning your math teacher, marmalizing three classmates, and following the school nurse around for an hour saying
- 1.1 Defeat heavily.‘we pulverized United, absolutely marmalized them’
trounce, defeat utterly, beat, annihilate, drub, give a drubbing to, crush, rout, worst, overwhelm, outclassView synonyms
- ‘Great to see her in a semi-final, we thought, and sat back and waited for her rival to marmalise her. The marmalising duly took place.’
- ‘Well, I guess I deserved it, the bloke I played with didn't deserve me, he plays off 22 and by rights I should have marmalized him, but his chipping and iron play were ten times better than me.’
1960s: of uncertain origin; perhaps humorously from marmal- (in marmalade) + -ize (perhaps after pulverize).
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