One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her husband was a brute who used to knock her about’
beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour
maltreat, mistreat, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, treat roughly, assault, attack, maul, manhandle
injure, damage, cause injury to, hurt, harm, wound, bruise
North American beat up on
informal rough up, do over, lay into, lace into, give someone a hiding, clobber, clout, bash, belt, whack, wallop, sock, plug, deck
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