from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat severely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat (a thing) till it becomes dry; hence, to beat severely.
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Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives, that I mean to make bold withal, and, as you shall use me hereafter, dry-beat the rest of the eight.
Act III. Scene I. Romeo and Juliet
I will dry-beat you with an iron wit, and put up my iron dagger.
Romeo and Juliet