- (transitive) to beat up (a person) more than usually severely
- (transitive, colloquial, loosely) to defeat severely in various, even non-contact, competitive sports
- 1845, Edgar Allan Poe, letter, quoted in 2000, Poe, Edgar Allan, Thomas Ollive Mabbott, editor, Complete Poems, University of Illinois Press, page 351:
- "The Raven" has had a great run ... but I wrote it for the express purpose of running — just as I did "The Gold-Bug" ... the bird beat the bug, though, all hollow.
- The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turks hollow in the struggle for existence.
- ... and every night we had a game of chess, at which he beat me hollow.
- 1845, Edgar Allan Poe, letter, quoted in