A colleague and I are having a disagreement over the slang meaning and usage of "do over"

Does it mean

(a) beat somebody up

or does it have a sexual meaning of

(b) screw someone i.e. hump someone

3 Answers 3


In BE it means "to beat up" as Ham&Bacon said - but in AE 'a do over' is a chance to do something again if you make a mistake and have the previous attempt not count or be recorded.

eg in golf, if you completely spoil a shot then you might get "a do-over", a chance to have it not count but take the shot again. For some odd reason it's also called a mulligan


In the UK, it means :

(UK, slang) To beat up.

The word which has the sexual connotation is just "do", not "do over":

Slang meaning "to do the sex act with or to" is from 1913.

The answer to your question is, they mean different things.

  • I was happy until I realized your 2nd link explains the slang meaning of do and not do over Jun 15, 2011 at 10:56
  • Hang on, edit my answer.
    – Thursagen
    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:58

Originally a Kiwi (New Zealand) term from the 1860s, "do over" means to assault or beat up, and has been part of aussie slang since the 1940s.

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