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phrasal verb [transitive] American
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybeat up on
he/she/itbeats up on
present participlebeating up on
past tensebeat up on
past participlebeaten up on
  1. 1
    beat up on someone same as beat up (sense 1)

    He and his brother are always beating up on each other.

  2. 2
    beat up on someone/yourself same as beat up (sense 2)

    I’m not here to beat up on single parents.

See also main entry: beat

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