do a number on (someone or something)

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do a number on (someone or something)

1. To hurt or harm someone or something. Considering her pessimism toward marriage, her last break-up must have really done a number on her. Ugh, your puppy did a number on my new shoes—they're completely chewed up!
2. To urinate or defecate on something. My cat used to always use her litter box, but she regularly does a number on the floor, unfortunately.
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do a number on someone or something

Sl. to damage or harm someone or something. The teacher did a number on the whole class by giving them a pop quiz. Tom did a number on Mary when he went out with Ann.
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do a number on someone

INFORMAL
If someone does a number on you, they harm you in some way, for example by cheating you or by totally defeating you in a game or match. He really did a number on me. I don't think I'll ever be able to trust him again. The Irish team are looking to do a number on England in Dublin tomorrow.
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do a number on

treat someone badly, typically by deceiving, humiliating, or criticizing them in a calculated and thorough way. North American informal
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do a ˈnumber on somebody/something

(informal, especially American English) hurt, damage or criticize somebody/something seriously: Sun and pollution can really do a number on your skin.To the delight of Republicans, the press did a number on your senator (= criticized him severely).

do a number on someone

and do a job on someone (From do a number on something.)
tv. to harm or deceive someone. The prof did a number on me because of my term paper. My local friendly plumber did a job on me cleaning out my drain.
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do a number on something

1. tv. to urinate or defecate on something. Billy did a number on the bathroom floor.
2. tv. to damage or ruin something; to destroy something. The truck really did a number on my car.
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do a number on

Slang
To defeat, abuse, or humiliate in a calculated and thorough way.
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