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beat-up

[beet-uhp] /ˈbitˈʌp/
adjective
1.
Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use:
a beat-up old jalopy.
noun
2.
the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; adj., noun use of verb phrase beat up
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  • She was three months behind on payments for her beat-up car.
  • Goodbye, supposedly retro but really pretty beat-up old tea canister.
British Dictionary definitions for beat-up

beat up

verb
1.
(transitive, adverb) to strike or kick (a person), usually repeatedly, so as to inflict severe physical damage
2.
(informal) beat oneself up, to reproach oneself
adjective
3.
worn-out; dilapidated
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Slang definitions & phrases for beat-up

beat-up

adjective

Battered and damaged, esp by age and use: He drove a beat-up Volvo/ an old beat-up dog (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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