Meaning: to hurt someone by punching, kicking or hitting them with a hard objectSynonym: assault, attack
- beat up sb When we were teenagers, we'd go to the bushes near the beach and beat up guys if we thought were gay. I feel so ashamed of myself when I think about this now.
- beat sb up When Larry gets drunk, he goes home and shouts at his wife, and sometimes he even beats her up.
- be beaten up Every day, people are beaten up and left bleeding in the streets. Why do people do this?
If a woman is being beaten up by her boyfriend outside a nightclub, you'd expect other people to