Examples of beat-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tired of wearing your old, beat-up sweats outside of the house? Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Sep. 2023 The conversation is cut short as the group of men hop into the beat-up pickup truck that brought them here to finish out the workday. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 Encouraged by the police to find Max a hobby, Flora tries to occupy him with a beat-up acoustic guitar. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 22 Aug. 2023 Joining the typical older, beat-up books are hundreds of newer titles, most of them children’s books depicting minority characters. Douglas Soule, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2023 But the megs themselves often don’t withstand closeups, looking like beat-up rubber shark toys, or Bruce on the Universal Studios tour. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2023 The shoe depicted is one half of a pair of Golden Goose sneakers, an Italian designer brand known for its beat-up appearance and outlandish price tag. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 16 July 2023 The backpacks and sneakers could be a little more beat-up when the school bell rings this fall. Chris Morris, Fortune, 12 July 2023 Something appropriate and comfortable for sleeping and lounging instead of a beat-up concert tee and sweats. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 1 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beat-up was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Beat-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: worn or damaged by use or neglect
a beat-up old car
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