1. a beating.
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 729: They had given him what Hanson had described as the worst working over he had ever seen a prisoner get.|
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 158: You don’t have to have her killed, dammit. Just a little working-over would do the trick.|
|(con. WWII) Song of the Young Sentry (1969) 154: They gave him a working over but nothing’s broken.|
2. a search.
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 234: He says to tell you the coppers give your apartment a working over.|
3. in fig. use, non-physical harsh treatment.
|In For Life 56: There was little other crime news, so I received a rather thorough working-over.|
|Fairy Tales of N.Y. II iii: And don’t think I planned this either, getting you up here with Mr How to give you a working over.|