To beat up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To beat up to attack suddenly; to alarm or disturb; as, to beat up an enemy's quarters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a year, your heart can beat up to 40 000 000 times.
    • To beat up to alarm by a sudden attack: to disturb: to pay an untimeous visit to any one—also in 'to beat up for recruits,' to go about a town to enlist men
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Quotations

  • Babe Ruth
    Babe Ruth
    “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. béatan, pa.t. béot.

Usage

In literature:

July 14th, we'd fell to leeward, and was beating up.
"Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851" by Various
Running up and down to London on leave isn't going to help beat the Germans.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 2, 1917" by Various
To use the language of the trenches, we knew that we could go across No Man's Land and "beat him up" any time we liked.
"Out To Win" by Coningsby Dawson
We ought to beat that nigger up.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Late that afternoon the hoofs of horses beat steadily on the road leading from the valley up to Zillenstein.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Last week we got a three day ferlow and beat it up to the big burg to see the sites.
"Love Letters of a Rookie to Julie" by Barney Stone
Then up jumps my heart and begins to beat fast.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
The two defenders there had undertaken to pile up furniture against it; but a few blows beat down the entire barrier.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
She looked at him, and her heart seemed to beat up in her throat.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
All I say is if they dont let me out of this hole toot sweet Im goin to get up an beat it an die on the road.
""Same old Bill, eh Mable!"" by Edward Streeter
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In poetry:

With wind and the weather beating round me
Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?
"Invitation" by Aurobindo Ghose
Waking in the night to pray,
Sleeping when the answer comes,
Foolish are we even at play—
Tearfully we beat our drums!
Cast the good dry bread away,
Weep, and gather up the crumbs!
"Foolish Children" by George MacDonald
How in the shadows, perchance, of this even,
Hundreds of hearts, will have paused in their beat,
Pale, ghastly brows, will be turned up to heaven—
Brows that were pressed by lips, tender and sweet.
"Over The Water" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Kindle, eyes, and beat, heart!
Hold the brimming breaker up!
All the may is burgeoning from East to golden West!
England, my mother, greet America, my sweetheart:
—Ah, but ere I drained the cup
I found her on your breast.
"Drake" by Alfred Noyes
Shall man into the mystery of breath,
From his quick beating pulse a pathway spy?
Or learn the secret of the shrouded death,
By lifting up the lid of a white eye?
Cleave thou thy way with fathering desire
Of fire to reach to fire.
"Hymn To Colour" by George Meredith
I gives it up! ... It's fairly got me beat,
The twists an' turin' uv a wonian's mind.
Nex' thing, she's smilin' up at me so sweet,
So soft an' kind
That I -- with things still in me mind to tell --
I melts -- jist like I always do. Ah, well!
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis

In news:

The ninth-ranked Cardinal wants to beat you up.
Saints are latest team to beat up on Vick, Eagles.
Mom tells daughter to beat up teen.
A woman has been accused of ordering her daughter to beat up a teenage girl.
Baytown police say a father encouraged his 11-year-old son to beat up a classmate who was bullying him.
'It's fun to beat up on those little guys'.
Travis Walton's back in town to beat up on MSU guards.
Chris Brown said he doesn't remember beating up Rihanna earlier this year in a pre-taped Larry King appearance scheduled to air Wednesday on CNN.
After coming up short in his first sevenattempts, Mark Buehrle pitched eight strong innings for his 100th career victory and the White Sox beat the Houston Astros6-to-3 to snap a five-game losing streak.
Jazz step up on national TV to beat Spurs.
If you happened to miss Chief Keef's GBE rapper Lil Reese beating up a female in a video that was taped last year.
Sheriff's deputies are searching for an assault suspect after a 50-year-old woman claimed she was raped and beat up, according to officials.
We tend to think of bullies as youngsters — the boy who threatens to beat up little kids if they don't give him their lunch money.
In response to the demand for a regular helping of his danceworthy beats, he has taken up a residency at Jacques on the first Friday of each month.
She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
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In science:

What can I do (compute) with it? I can surely add and multiply numbers really fast, but could I also use it to factor large numbers? It can effortlessly beat me in chess, but I am up to the challenge in go1 .
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Considering panel (d), we see that up to around 2050 (and smoothing the black curve a little by eye), the ‘no change’ forecast (the black line) actually beats the ensemble mean (the red line).
Improving the expected accuracy of forecasts of future climate using a simple bias-variance tradeoff
Noteworthy here is that the even number times (such as 4/4 and 2/4) are easy to walk to, dance to, or march to because you always end up with the same foot hitting the floor on a strong beat.
Music in Terms of Science
First of all, we want to stress that up to now, there is no correct non-linear model for Beat Cepheids.
EROS differential studies of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds : Stellar pulsation, stellar evolution and distance scale
In zero field, up and down spins relax equally; upon application of a field, the lifting of the Zeeman degeneracy gives rise to a varying polarization that reflects quantum beating between the Zeeman-split spin levels. A detailed theory of these effects remain to be developed.
Some Recent Issues in Quantum Magnetism
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