work over

verb
worked over; working over; works over

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

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Examples of work over in a Sentence

those thugs really worked him over

First Known Use of work over

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of work over was in 1832

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“Work over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work%20over. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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