One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘foreign nationals held hostage in the country had been mistreated’
ill-treat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, misuse, treat badly, handle roughly, treat roughly, knock about, knock around, hit, beat, strike, mishandle
manhandle, maul, molest, injure, harm, hurt, bully, persecute
informal beat up, rough up, do over
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