work over


work over

verb

Definition of WORK OVER

transitive verb
1
:  to subject to thorough examination, study, or treatment <shelf stock worked over by shoppers>
2
:  to do over :  rework <saved the play by working the first act over>
3
:  to beat up or manhandle with thoroughness <the gang worked me over>

Examples of WORK OVER

  1. <those thugs really worked him over>

First Known Use of WORK OVER

1835

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