give someone a working over
give (one) a (good) working over
1. To harshly scold one for an extended period of time. Man, the boss really gave me a working over for messing up that client's account.
2. To beat one, especially in a way intended to punish or intimidate. The mafia leader sent a couple of goons to give the witness a good working over so that she wouldn't testify in court.
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