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English definition of “beat sb up”

beat sb up

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with beat   /biːt/ (beat, beaten or US also beat) us  
B2 to hurt someone badly by hitting or kicking them repeatedly: He claims he was beaten up by the police.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
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