to a pulp


used to say that someone or something is very badly beaten, mashed, smashed, etc.
He threatened to beat them to a (bloody) pulp.

Examples of to a pulp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Place chopped orange in the bowl of a food processor; process to a pulp, about 1 minute. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Playing a character known as Kid, who works as an underground fight-club boxer who gets paid each night to put on a rubber gorilla mask and get beaten to a pulp, Patel creates a hero who is very much not some invincible combat superstar. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Mar. 2024 Patel stars as Kid, an anonymous young man who scrapes by in an underground fight club where, donned in a monkey mask, he is beaten to a pulp by fighters for cash. Jessica Wang,, 26 Jan. 2024 Navarro responds to her death by berating a front desk staffer, provoking some local miners into beating her to a pulp, and finally breaking down in front of her casual hookup. Alison Herman, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 But … he was cheated to a pulp in the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 In one of American cinema’s most riveting scenes, Vito Corleone, the Godfather, rebukes a distraught undertaker whose once-beautiful daughter has been beaten to a pulp by two young men — one of them the son of a powerful politician. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 5 Aug. 2023 Students at an elite Beijing high school beat a teacher to a pulp and left her to die in the street. Mary Gallagher, Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2023

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“To a pulp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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