beat the hell out of

beat the hell out of (someone)

1. To deliver a violent and prolonged physical attack. This phrase can be used both literally and hyperbolically. Our neighbor is in the hospital because a burglar beat the hell out of him. I'm worried that the captain of the football team will beat the hell out of me if he finds out that I'm secretly seeing his girlfriend. If you ever scare me like that again, I'll beat the hell out of you, I swear!
2. To defeat an opponent decisively. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really beat the hell out of that team!
See also: beat, hell, of, out

beat the hell out of someone

 and beat the living daylights out of someone ; beat the pants off (of) someone; beat the shit out of someone; beat the socks off (of) someone; beat the stuffing out of someone; beat the tar out of someone
1. Fig. to defeat someone very badly. (Caution: the use of the word shit is considered vulgar and is offensive to many people. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Our team beat the hell out of the other side. We beat the stuffing out of the other side.
2. Fig. Inf. to batter someone severely. (Alludes to physical violence, not the removal of someone's pants. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The thugs beat the living daylights out of their victim. If you do that again, I'll beat the pants off of you. Before the boxing match Max said he would beat the socks off Lefty.
See also: beat, hell, of, out

beat/knock/kick the ˈhell out of somebody/something

(informal) (also beat/knock/kick the ˈshit out of somebody/something taboo, slang) beat, etc. somebody/something very hard: If the crowd had managed to get hold of the robber, they would have beaten the hell out of him.The gang knocked the hell out of him for no reason at all.
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The PCAOB's McDonough, speaking off the cuff at the conclusion of the SEC's roundtable, said bluntly, "They know fully well that if they do something wrong, especially if it involved moral turpitude, we will beat the hell out of them.
It shows how basically two people, a lawyer and a research assistant, take on the second-biggest corporation in California with $32 billion and beat the hell out of them,'' he said.
He added, ``The main thing I am concerned about is the public's understanding that because you've got a giant company against you, if you have the will and the desire you can beat the hell out of them no matter how big they are.
250 hitters $3 million a year, and Sylvester Stallone $20 million a picture to grunt, and beat the hell out of someone.