V n to n
III.14 The 'beat to death' groupThese verbs are concerned with:
ways of injuring or killing someone
ways of affecting someone strongly e.g. frighten, bore
This is a very productive use: any verb involving injuring or killing can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed below are those which are most frequently used in this way.
A subsequent investigation revealed the two men had been beaten to death.
I wish Alex would take me out, but I'm afraid I bore him to death.
Campaigners working on behalf of the family of a man who was crushed to death by a police car are furious that the officers involved are still on duty.
A woman was stabbed to death for her handbag two weeks ago.
In the case of drink, the noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl to n. The verb starve often has this pattern as well.
batter (usu passive) beat (usu passive) blast (usu passive) bore burn (usu passive) choke (usu passive) club (usu passive) crush (usu passive) drink frighten gore (usu passive) kick (usu passive) knife peck scare shoot (usu passive) spear (usu passive) stab (usu passive) starve stone (usu passive) torture (usu passive)
He is now on the third day of his hunger strike. He says he will starve himself to death unless his activists are released from prison.