rough up

phrasal verb

roughed up; roughing up; roughs up
: to hit and hurt (someone)
The prisoner claimed that he was roughed up by the guards.

Examples of rough up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were dyed in a green and blue tint, spun in the tumble dryer, and then roughed up using sandpaper. Hikmat Mohammed, WWD, 1 July 2024 Treinen wasn’t the only reliever to get roughed up in a bullpen that entered with a 13-inning scoreless streak. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2024 Making matters worse, while leaving the nightclub that night, his bodyguards roughed up a photographer — who, to be fair, was attempting to climb into Prince’s limo — resulting in a lawsuit. Jem Aswad, Variety, 25 June 2024 Loading your audio article Starting pitching remained an issue for the San Francisco Giants on Saturday as Jordan Hicks was roughed up in his return to Busch Stadium. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rough up 

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“Rough up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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