Definition of beat-up in English:


Pronunciation /ˈˌbēdˈˌəp/ /ˈˌbidˈˌəp/


informal attributive
  • (of a thing) worn out by overuse; in a state of disrepair.

    • ‘He started by getting into his beat-up old car and driving around the city going through people's garbage looking for things he could fix up and sell.’
    • ‘Although we're rattling our way along Dumbarton Road in nothing but a beat-up Ford Fiesta it really feels like we're out here cruising on the edge of the world.’
    • ‘There's a half-facetious saying there: whoever is driving the most beat-up car has right-of-way.’
    • ‘I'm talking about the revelation that I now had it within my power to hop in my beat-up hatchback and drive anywhere in North America.’
    • ‘I'm wearing a pair of beat-up running shoes and wool socks, with just a T-shirt and shorts over my bike shorts.’
    • ‘Off he goes at the wheel of some beat-up white Nissan, sitting low on its springs from the cargo of artillery shells in the back.’
    • ‘Natural resources are seen as a surer bet than painful recovery in beat-up car, aircraft and consumer-electronics factories.’
    • ‘There is a range of properties - from beat-up student digs through to designer boutiques - each of which can be renovated.’
    • ‘He walks me to the street where a beat-up Toyota Corolla waits for us.’
    • ‘The students enter the classroom noisily and take their places in groups of five or six at a series of beat-up tables.’
    • ‘Friends say they saw Bianca climb into a beat-up van driven by a man who appeared to be in his 20s.’
    • ‘I didn't have it in 1960 because there's a beat-up old photograph of my room from then, with no sign of the rocker.’
    • ‘Lehder took one look at my clunky, beat-up old tape recorder and gave me a new one.’
    • ‘Eastwood plays Frankie, a wizened old fight trainer who runs a regulation beat-up gym.’
    • ‘Rodney passed me a can of coke as I sat down on his beat-up sofa.’
    • ‘I smiled tightly and moved passed him, heading for the corner of the library that had a set of beat-up paperbacks that were generally good reads.’
    • ‘Blue-collar workers with beat-up bait casting rods might drop in to fish for a few hours in the evening before heading home.’
    • ‘In front of the couch there was a very beat-up wooden coffee table.’
    • ‘Maybe this was because he had worn flip-flops instead of his old beat-up sneakers, and his right one kept catching on the brake at every stop sign and red light.’
    • ‘Jay grabs the beat-up green messenger bag and flings it the 5 feet into her awaiting hand.’
    run down, down at heel, scruffy, uncared-for, neglected, dilapidated, in disrepair, ramshackle, tumbledown



/ˈˌbēdˈˌəp/ /ˈˌbidˈˌəp/