rough someone up

rough (someone) up to attack someone physically but without causing serious injury.

He was only thirteen the first time gang members roughed him up.

It is reported that police officers roughed up several protesters.


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  • rough someone up — tv. to beat someone up; to maltreat someone. □ Am I going to have to rough you up, or will you cooperate? CD The crooks roughed up the old lady before taking her purse …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • rough someone up — informal beat someone up. → rough …   English new terms dictionary

  • rough someone up — (informal) BEAT UP, attack, assault, knock about/around, batter, manhandle; informal do over, beat the living daylights out of; Brit. informal duff up. → rough * * * informal beat someone up …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough someone up — informal Berman s goons were sent to rough up Donatelli Syn: beat up, attack, assault, knock around/about, batter, manhandle; informal do over, beat the living daylights out of …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • rough up — rough (someone) up to attack someone physically but without causing serious injury. He was only thirteen the first time gang members roughed him up. It is reported that police officers roughed up several protesters …   New idioms dictionary

  • rough — /rʌf / (say ruf) adjective 1. uneven from projections, irregularities, or breaks of surface; not smooth: rough boards; a rough road. 2. (of ground) wild; broken; covered with scrub, boulders, etc. 3. shaggy: a dog with a rough coat. 4. acting… …   Australian English dictionary

  • rough up — verb treat violently The police strong armed the suspect • Hypernyms: ↑beat, ↑beat up, ↑work over • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody They want to rough up the prisoners * * * ˌ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough — adjective 1》 having an uneven or irregular surface; not smooth or level. 2》 not gentle; violent or boisterous: rough treatment.     ↘(of weather or the sea) wild and stormy. 3》 not finished tidily; plain and basic.     ↘unsophisticated or… …   English new terms dictionary

  • rough — 1. adjective 1) rough ground Syn: uneven, irregular, bumpy, lumpy, knobbly, stony, rocky, rugged, rutted, pitted, rutty Ant: smooth, flat 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • rough — {{11}}rough (adj.) O.E. ruh rough, untrimmed, uncultivated, from W.Gmc. *rukhwaz shaggy, hairy, rough (Cf. M.Du. ruuch, Du. ruig, O.H.G. ruher, Ger. rauh), from P.Gmc. *rukhaz. The original gh sound was guttural, as in Scottish loch. Sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

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