rough up

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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

to beat someone up; to maltreat someone. Am I going to have to rough you up, or will you cooperate? The crooks roughed up the old lady before taking her purse.
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rough something up

to scrape or rub something in a way that makes it rough. All you have to do is rough the ground up, sow the seeds, and then water them. Rough up the surface a little before you paint it.
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rough up

Manhandle, subject to physical abuse, as in The gang was about to rough him up when the police arrived. [First half of 1900s]
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rough up

v.
1. To cause something to become less smooth: Rough the wood up so that the glue will hold better. The ice skates roughed up the surface of the ice.
2. To treat someone roughly or with physical violence; manhandle someone: The bully roughed up one of the kids on the playground. They threatened to rough me up if I didn't give them the money.
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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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