do over v.
1. in fig. use, to cause harm.
|Life’s Painter 138: The melting pot receiver, proved his selling the clink to him (naps the bib) and that’s what did him over.|
|Major Downing (1834) 158: I’ll [...] have him over the coals and du [sic] him over.|
2. to disable, to wear out, to tire out.
|‘The Navigator’s New Victory’ inII (1979) 145: And so the poor tailor was fairly done o’er.|
|Pickwick Papers (1999) 523: He’s in a horrid state o’ love; reg’larly comfoozled, and done over with it.|
|A Stray Yankee in Texas 96: [The dogs] were completely done over and used up.|
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|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 107: ‘How does he take the thing?’ ‘He’s all done over.’ ‘Inclined to talk?’ ‘I reckon you can make him talk.’.|
3. to cheat, to defraud.
|View of Society II 43: And now, Hostler, can’t you tell me how you have done ’em over?|
|‘A Favorite Comic Song’ in Parsley’s Lyric Repository 17: As easy as Humphries in fact, Did over Mendoza the Jew.|
|Fortnights Ramble through London 17: ‘You are not the first [...] whom the nimble-fingered gentry have done over’.|
|Life and Travels 139: I supplied her with genteel apparel, and likewise paid a doctor for her during a severe fit of sicknes, after recovering from which she married and left me as usual like the done-over tailor.|
|song title in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 6: The Cuckold Drover! or, The Merchant Done Over.|
|People 6 Jan. in (1909) 112/1: When they comes back, Selby says to me, ‘All I could do him over for was a couple of bob.’.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 112/1: Do over for (Low London). To extract money by flattery or threats.|
4. to beat up; lit. or fig.
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|Sporting Mag. Nov. XIX 99/2: He and a party of his school-fellows [...] had done the usher over at the ale-house.|
|Drunkard’s Looking Glass (1929) 95: ‘Heigh, neighbour! hav’nt I done over one of the rascaly sherriffs.’ Supposing that her husband had murdered the sherrif, she began to fill the house with her cries.|
|Bk of Sports 27: marc antony was defeated! suwarrow licked! tippoo saib ‘done over’.|
|We Were the Rats 193: He mentioned instead the night he did over the M.Ps in the blue in Tel Aviv.|
|Shiralee 27: Yer’d on’y bite, and next thing I’d be doin’ yer over.|
|Bunch of Ratbags 71: We could do him over.|
|Frying-Pan 21: A bunch of screws will go into someone’s cell and do him over physically.|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 55: Next time any of yous bastards cross this fence ya’ll get really done over.|
|Up the Cross 108: ‘He’s got the drop on me, If I do him over, I’m a goner’.(con. 1959)|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 105: Those geezers had [...] done him over with hammers.|
|Filth 27: You think maybe one ay they racially biased mobs did the darkie-boy over?|
|Guardian Guide 12–18 Feb. 52: He’d only get done over in the first boozer he went into, by some young thug.|
|Eve. Standard 28 Oct. 7/4: ‘We were done over — comprehensively,’ was the private verdict of a senior Labour politican [...] ‘The French stuffed us’.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 75: That [...] wis chucked out the polis for daein people ower in the cells.|
5. of a man, to seduce, to have intercourse with.
|View of Society II 105: The old woman having been used to get a little sucky now and then, he contrived to find out that foible and to do her over in that way.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 263: Ventouser. To copulate; ‘to do over’.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 115: Tell us another of yer stories about them sheilas ya used to do over.|
|Limericks Down Under 99: A boastful old drover / Said he did her over.|
|Mad Cows 97: ‘Done.’ ‘Done over, you mean.’.|
6. to rob.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Done, or Done over. Robbed. Cant. also Convicted or Hanged.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd edn).|
|A Fortnight’s Ramble through London 17: ‘You are not the first,’ cried Mr. Portfolio,— ‘whom the nimble-figured gentry have done over’.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 125/2: It doant mattir a straw thau seez abawt ’im ‘collarin’ mi dubble ‘fin,’ kaws I’ll git it bck agin en I ‘du’ is ‘drum’ over.|
|Manchester Courier 19 May 3: I got drunk, did a place over, and got caught in the act.|
|Criminal Life 272: You might tell her to go and do that place over.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 88: Hell, Mick, you’ve done a bank over!|
|Down and Out 159: Did you read about Lady Barnett’s place being done over while her funeral was on?|
|Crosskill [ebook] Eileen told him who was going to do over the Mesics.|
7. to search thoroughly.
|Come in Spinner (1960) 29: Ever see her do me over? Gawd, if I’ve got so much as a deener in the cuff of me pants, she gets it.|
|Till Human Voices Wake Us 53: All the huts were done over while we [i.e. prisoners] were out.|
8. to ransack (a building).
|Joyful Condemned 370: It was quite some time since the ‘Fortune’ had been done over.|
|Bucket of Tongues 1: They came home from the pub to find their flat had been done over.|