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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybeat up
he/she/itbeats up
present participlebeating up
past tensebeat up
past participlebeaten up
  1. 1
    to hurt someone by hitting or kicking them many times

    They threatened to beat me up if I didn’t give them my wallet.

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  2. 2
    beat someone/yourself up to blame or criticize yourself or someone else

    It’s time you stopped beating yourself up over this.

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