work over

verb

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

Examples of work over in a Sentence

  1. those thugs really worked him over

First Known Use of work over

1832



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