Meaning of “beat/knock/whale the tar out of sb” in the English Dictionary

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"beat/knock/whale the tar out of sb" in British English

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beat/knock/whale the tar out of sb

US informal

to hit someone forcefully and repeatedly:

The boxer knocked the tar out of his opponent.

(Definition of “beat/knock/whale the tar out of sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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