rough someone up

rough up

To use physical violence against someone or to push someone around with physical force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rough" and "up." The mob boss sent around a couple of goons to rough up Thomas for not paying them protection money. I managed to get video footage of the police roughing the man up on the street before arresting him.
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rough someone up

tv. to beat someone up; to mistreat someone. Am I going to have to rough you up, or will you cooperate?
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