Definition of working-over in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Have you ever seen anyone after they've given him a proper working-over?’
    • ‘The climax of this film was a scene in which two thugs give Roy a working-over in a barn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are the real bullies in life and what they need is a real working over by a man their own size.’
    beating, thrashing, walloping, thumping, battering, pounding, pummelling, slapping, smacking, punching, bludgeoning, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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