Definition of rough someone up in English:

rough someone up

phrasal verb

  • Beat someone up.

    ‘he was roughed up in jail while awaiting trial’
    • ‘Failing to do this will result in Internet thugs coming to your house and roughing you up.’
    • ‘She ran a hand through her hair and felt the cut where she had been roughed up by Derek.’
    • ‘Fearing that the criminal would return and rough me up, I blew on my crime whistle to wake my neighbors for help.’
    • ‘Bob thinks Decker is attempting to brainwash Sandra, so he roughs Decker up.’
    • ‘So, since the gangsters know they can get away with it they try to rough her up.’
    • ‘The evening in question, I'd been cornered by a trio of thugs, who took great delight in roughing me up.’
    • ‘There the recruits were forced to kneel against the wall, where they were roughed up and drenched with cold water.’
    • ‘The pizzas are knocked flying as the thugs nab Stan and start roughing him up.’
    • ‘For the second start in a row, on Saturday night they made short work of the 39-year-old Yankee starter in their domicile, roughing him up for four runs and knocking him out after two innings.’
    • ‘And Darrow then turns on Mencken and roughs him up rhetorically.’
    beat up, beat, attack, assault, knock about, knock around, maltreat, mistreat, abuse, batter, manhandle
    do over, bash up, work over, beat the living daylights out of
    duff up
    beat up on
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