work over v.
1. to search and steal from somebody’s clothes.
|From Coast to Coast with Jack London 53: The yegg [...] was busily working over the injured. [...] He was rifling their pockets of the pitiful contents.|
2. (orig. US) to beat up, to hurt to any extent short of murder; thus work-over, working over n., a thrashing, a beating; also in fig. use.
|Nightmare Town (2001) 259: Them lads sure [...] have worked you over! You got a face like a wet geranium!‘One Hour’ in|
|We Who Are About to Die 104: It was easy to imagine him working over a gee with a piece of rubber hose.|
|Cry Tough! 18: Boy, [...] I’d give anything to be able to have Crazy work you over.|
|Big Heat 122: You like working girls over, don’t you, Stone?|
|Algiers Motel Incident 107: You’d be surprised how six or seven girls can work over a really tough guy.|
|Great Santini (1977) 463: You need a working over bad, hog.|
|Day of the Dog 102: He waits for them to come and work him over, like they said they would.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 76: They worked him over with their fists.|
|Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 192: You really worked me over. I’m gonna need a little somethin’ to calm my nerves.|
|What It Was 109: They worked you over pretty good.(con. 1972)|
|Killing Pool 11: I wouldn’t normally have worked the prick over that bad.|