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To be cruel or unkind to someone

abuse

verb

to treat someone in a cruel or violent way

mistreat

verb

to treat someone in an unfair or cruel way

oppress

verb

to treat people who are less powerful in an unfair and cruel way

trample

verb

to behave in a cruel or unfair way towards someone or something

reject

verb

to behave in an unkind way to someone who wants kindness or love from you

hit out

to say or do something in order to cause someone emotional pain

grind down

to treat someone in a cruel way over a long period and gradually destroy their confidence or strength

shove around

to treat someone badly and in an unfair way, especially by giving them orders

kick around

to treat someone in an unkind and unfair way

do someone wrong

to treat someone in an unfair or cruel way

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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