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I need a help with, I guess, a kind of southern vernacular. This is a quote from the book, said by an old African American who used to batter his wife:

''My wife, Eileen. I used to go at her something bad.''

I'm confused with 'something bad'. Can anyone help me, please?
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In BrE we use 'something rotten' or 'something terrible'.

It means to an extreme degree - he used to beat her badly.
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Thank you nona!