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Work over   /wərk ˈoʊvər/   Listen
Work over

Give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression.  Synonyms: beat, beat up.  "The teacher used to beat the students"

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"Work over" Quotes from Famous Books

... coat was too thick and his cap was too thin, He couldn't be quiet, he hated a din; He hated to write, and he hated to read, He was certainly very much injured indeed; He must study and work over books he detested, His parents were strict, and he never was rested; He knew he was wretched as wretched could be, There was no one ...
— St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877 • Various

... following the hummocks. Sometimes it was a pack under a drift, or maybe a sled; and sometimes it was a hand reaching up through the snow, frozen stiff. Then it came my turn, and I lay down in my tracks. But Weatherbee stopped to work over me. He wouldn't go on. He said if I was determined to stay in that cemet'ry, I could count on his company. And when he got me on my feet, he just started 'Dixie,' nice and lively, and the next I knew he had me all wound up and set going ...
— The Rim of the Desert • Ada Woodruff Anderson

... there was a vagabond fellow much addicted to the use of bang, who got his livelihood by fishing. When he had sold the product of his day's labour, he laid part of it out in provisions and part in bang, with which (his day's, work over) he solaced himself till he became intoxicated, and such was his constant practice. One night, having indulged more than ordinary, his senses were unusually stupefied; and in this, condition he had occasion to come down into the square in which was his lodging. It happened to be ...
— The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete • Anonymous

... lying in wait near at hand. Very thankfully he heard Miss Anne's step across the quarried floor, and in a moment afterwards the light shone through a low window close by. It was unglazed, with a screen of open lattice-work over it so as to allow of free ventilation. It had one thick stone upright in the middle, leaving such a narrow space as only a boy could creep through. He examined the opening quickly and carefully while the light remained, and when Miss Anne returned to ...
— Fern's Hollow • Hesba Stretton

... Mr. Erwin," she cautioned. "You're not well vet. As I was saving we got through the lines all right. If either my sister or the Baron had gone, they would have been made prisoners at least. I was a Red Cross nurse. We had done good work over there and even the Germans were well disposed. But if it wasn't for Brenda, I hardly know how we'd have managed Brenda is a — a whole team, you know." She pressed her servant's worn hand as she continued. ...
— Our Pilots in the Air • Captain William B. Perry

... last when the squadron was "moved up front" for actual work over the enemy's lines. The Brighton boys were ready and eager to give a good account of themselves, and soon they were to ...
— The Brighton Boys with the Flying Corps • James R. Driscoll

... If I wasn't all me, then you weren't all you. Part of you was me—get it? And you weren't scheduled to bust out today. Not you—me! And that's what he couldn't work over. That's what brought me down again. He couldn't touch that." I stopped ...
— The Very Black • Dean Evans

... be an afternoon of excitement, after all, though Agatha thought that she would apply herself to the straightening out of much necessary business. But after an hour's work over letters at Parson Thayer's desk, there occurred an ebullition below which could be nothing less than the arrival of Lizzie, Agatha's maid, with sundry articles of luggage. She was a small-minded but efficient ...
— The Stolen Singer • Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger

... conceive a dislike to the form; he had doubts as to the elegance of the setting of some or other of the jewels, of a little link—quite a sufficient reason for throwing all into the crucible, and beginning the entire work over again. Thus every individual piece of jewellery that he turned out was a perfect and matchless masterpiece, utterly astounding to the person who ...
— Weird Tales, Vol. II. • E. T. A. Hoffmann

... of my resignation, Mr. James Virtue, the printer and publisher, had asked me to edit a new magazine for him, and had offered me a salary of (pounds)1000 a year for the work over and above what might be due to me for my own contributions. I had known something of magazines, and did not believe that they were generally very lucrative. They were, I thought, useful to some publishers as bringing ...
— Autobiography of Anthony Trollope • Anthony Trollope

... Farrell. "There was a little crooked work over that thousand Faust got from you," he said, "an' if you could find time to go with me for an hour's run into the country, I think you could identify the ...
— Thoroughbreds • W. A. Fraser

... cts. per hour to complete the panel. Figuring from this alone I should say that 10 cts. per sq. yd. is a fair estimate for carpenter work. In working over the forms for another floor the 1-in. boards require more time to handle and I should say that the saving in cost of work over the first floor would be not over 2 cts. per sq. yd. Two laborers moved their scaffolding and took down the forms from three completed panels of 13 sq. yds. each in one hour. Smaller panels require a longer time per yard. Counting for ...
— Concrete Construction - Methods and Costs • Halbert P. Gillette

... studies where much finish is desired, to fix the work slightly when drawn in and carried some way on. You can work over this again without continually rubbing out with your hand what you have already drawn. If necessary you can rub out with a hard piece of rubber any parts that have already been fixed, or even scrape with a pen-knife. But this ...
— The Practice and Science Of Drawing • Harold Speed

... mind that they might consider his action in the light of a liberty; in short, that this very peculiar and unworldly couple might be capable of taking huff and might refuse to go at his bidding. Sandy set his wits to work over this problem, and finally he concocted a scheme. He must come round this pair by guile. He thought and thought, and in the evening when her husband was out he had a long talk with his niece. By a few judiciously chosen words he contrived to frighten Charlotte about ...
— How It All Came Round • L. T. Meade

... a lot of official papers to him, and then he signed them. One of the papers I read twice, and slipped the order into its place after the second reading. I thought I should have died with fright; but just then he was in great pain, and glad to get his work over. I made an excuse that I was going to visit my aunt at Beckby, but instead of going there direct, we contrived to be at the station at Eaton a minute or two before the mail train came up. I kept outside the station door till ...
— Mugby Junction • Charles Dickens

... works hard all day uses his brain a large part of the night, doing his work over and over again, he gets up in the morning weary, jaded. Instead of having a clear, vigorous brain capable of powerfully focusing his mind, he approaches his work with all his standards down, and with about as much chance of winning as a race horse ...
— Pushing to the Front • Orison Swett Marden

Words linked to "Work over" :   thrash, lambaste, rough up, slash, knock cold, kayo, thresh, strong-arm, baste, lash, welt, lambast, beat, flail, pistol-whip, larrup, knock out, trounce, batter, lather, strap, flog, belabor, lam, clobber, hit, cane, paddle, soak, spank, belabour, whip

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