work over

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 My boxing opponent worked me over in the ring.

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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