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Encyclopedia > Beating up

Beating up is systematic punching, or hitting with a blunt instrument, many times, with the design or effect of causing much pain. It often causes widespread heavy bruising, and sometimes more serious damage, sometimes permanent; and psychological damage. Frequently, to abet this beating, one or more accomplices restrain the victim, often two accomplices, by an arm each. Blunt instrument is a legal description of a weapon used to hit someone, which does not have a sharp or penetrating point or edge. ...

In the USA it is often called "beating up on".

The "up" started as having meaning "completely" or similarly, as in "writing up" or "cleaning up".

In law it is a type of battery (crime). This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

A severe beating-up is sometimes called "beating to (a) pulp", or less often "pulping".

Slang or euphemistic expressions for beating-up include "doing over", "working over", and "processing". Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... A euphemism is a word or phrase used in place of a term that originally could not be spoken aloud (see taboo) or, by extension, terms which they consider to be disagreeable or offensive. ...

Beating-up is often used:

  • To enforce orders.
  • As punishment.
  • To prevent the victim from pursuing or raising an alarm.
  • To prevent the victim from resisting for a while afterwards during handling or transport.
  • Often, merely because the perpetrators, feeling angry against the victim, lose their mental restraints against violence, for example when security men beat up the tenth uncooperative drunk that they have to eject in the same evening.

// Order may refer to: Religious Holy Orders, the rite or sacrament in which clergy are ordained The monastic orders, originating with Anthony the Great and Benedict of Nursia from circa 300 the military orders of the crusades the various chivalric orders established since the 14th century Honors Order (decoration) Legal... Look up Punishment in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Alarm (disambiguation). ...

A possible confusion

According to area and likelihood of snakebite, if a hospital receives a casualty who seems to have been beaten up, and those who brought him in do not report an assault, they should bear in mind that some haemolytic types of snake venom can cause widespread internal blood leakage into tissues causing an effect looking like heavy bruising which can fairly closely look like an effect of a severe beating. A snakebite, or snake bite, is a bite inflicted by a Snake. ... // Snake venom is a highly modified saliva that is produced by special glands. ...

Derivative word uses

Beating-up is familiar enough for metaphorical uses to develop, e.g.:

  • "Beating oneself up over X" for "feeling badly guilty about X".
  • "Beat-up old car" or "beaten-up old car" for a car whose bodywork looks battered by time and use.
  • The phrase "beating up" is often misused as a humorous exaggeration for mild forms of personal contact.

Guilty is also the name of: A number of songs: Guilty, a 1931 song by Richard Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, popularized by Johnny Desmond and later Margaret Whiting. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In automotive engineering, the bodywork of an automobile is the structure which protects: The occupants Any other payload The mechanical components. ...

Other meanings

  • Some out-of-date dictionaries say that "beating up" means "alarming by a sudden attack".
  • Some dictionaries give a meaning "to get something done". This would be a metaphor from the idea of beating for game.
  • The words "beat" and "up" may come together with each word keeping its separate meaning, e.g. in describing sailing upwind.



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