[Ads-l] "beat-up", noun, evidently meaning hoax or conspiracy

James Eric Lawson jel at NVENTURE.COM
Sat Aug 7 16:50:52 UTC 2021

As documented in a 1988 UPI article, "beat-up" is more akin to
'overblown' than an outright hoax: "beat-up (something blown out of

28 Feb 1988, "Australia's baffling language: A primer on 'Aussie speak'":


On 8/7/21 9:17 AM, George Thompson wrote:
> This is from a story by Katharine Murphy originating in Australia, in
> the Guardian
> website, dated Friday, August 6.
> Checking the internet for this sense seems hopeless, since it is hidden
> among the multitude of occurrences of the more common senses -- if it's
> there at all.
> Interesting to see that our antipodean cousins are regaled with the same
> malarky as we are.
> Politicians report they are copping it from both sides – from constituents
> who support the public health response, but fear the government has
> buggered up the vaccination rollout.  MPs are also copping it from
> constituents who think the pandemic is a beat-up or a conspiracy of some
> kind, and from their traditional supporters who think centre-right
> governments should not be shuttering businesses and spending like there is
> no tomorrow.

James Eric Lawson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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