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Ill-use   /ɪl-jus/   Listen

Treat badly.  Synonyms: abuse, ill-treat, maltreat, mistreat, step.  "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

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"Ill-use" Quotes from Famous Books

... of disgust and annoyance rose into the bitterness of hatred. I avoided the creature; a certain sense of shame, and the remembrance of my former deed of cruelty, preventing me from physically abusing it. I did not, for some weeks, strike or otherwise violently ill-use it, but gradually—very gradually—I came to look upon it with unutterable loathing, and to flee silently from its odious presence as from the ...
— Lords of the Housetops - Thirteen Cat Tales • Various

... the collieshangie when they see our marks in the snaw, but they'll founder their horses on the brae and ill-use time tae nae purpose, if just we get ...
— The McBrides - A Romance of Arran • John Sillars

... me in a tongue which I recognised as French, but with which I was not sufficiently acquainted to understand. Although, I flatter myself that,—as the present narrative should show—I have not made an ill-use of the opportunities which I have had to improve my, originally, modest education, I regret that I have never had so much as a ghost of a chance to acquire an even rudimentary knowledge of any language except my own. Recognising, I suppose, from my looks, that he was addressing ...
— The Beetle - A Mystery • Richard Marsh

... along the hedges muttering to himself like a dam' fool; and then, these foreigners behave very queerly to women sometimes. And perhaps he would want to carry her off somewhere—or run off himself. It was not safe. He preached it to his daughter that the fellow might ill-use her in some way. She made no answer. It was, they said in the village, as if the man had done something to her. People discussed the matter. It was quite an excitement, and the two went on 'walking out' ...
— Amy Foster • Joseph Conrad

... serious but vague way to everyone he met about the importance of treating Dr. Lovaway well, and the trouble which would follow any attempt to rob or ill-use him. ...
— Lady Bountiful - 1922 • George A. Birmingham

... the Annexation. That Cetywayo personally detested the Boers is made clear by his words to Mr. Fynney. "'The Boers,' he says, 'are a nation of liars; they are a bad people, bad altogether. I do not want them near my people; they lie and claim what is not theirs, and ill-use my people. Where is Thomas?' (President Burgers). I informed him that Mr. Burgers had left the Transvaal. 'Then let them pack up and follow Thomas,' said he. 'Let them go. The Queen does not want such people as those about her land. What ...
— Cetywayo and his White Neighbours - Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal • H. Rider Haggard

... mighty hero with the tail of a dragon! Seest thou how these barbarians ill-use me—me, who have many a time made them weep a full bushel ...
— The Eleven Comedies - Vol. I • Aristophanes et al

... hit on the head—accidentally, of course—by the bottle which is in use on these occasions. "Very YARDLEY treated," observed Sir DRURIOLANUS, in his happiest vein. Not the first literary gent who, according to the ancient slang of the Tom-and-Jerry period, has been "cut" by ill-use of the bottle. But the unfortunate author's sorrows did not end with this sad blow, as, very soon afterwards, his dear friends the Critics, with profuse apologies for being compelled to handle him so severely, were down upon him for his new ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, November 14th, 1891 • Various

... slay, beat, hit, carry off, plunder: if I can lel bonnek of tute hetavava tute, if I can lay hold of you I will slay you. Heb. Khataf (rapuit). Sans. Hat'ha (to ill-use, rapere). ...
— Romano Lavo-Lil - Title: Romany Dictionary - Title: Gypsy Dictionary • George Borrow

... hero's head should never ache; And, father, now, whoever knew A hero beaten black and blue? And then a bruise, it seems to me, Is unromantic as can be. He can't be bruised, And shan't be bruised, For, if you bruise him, And ill-use him, I'll refuse him— No reader, I am sure, would choose A hero any one can bruise. So, father, if you want him read, Don't ...
— The Geste of Duke Jocelyn • Jeffery Farnol

Words linked to "Ill-use" :   handle, do by, ill-usage, kick around, treat, step, maltreat

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