"abusing" in the verb sense
1. mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat
"This boss abuses his workers"
"She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
2. pervert, misuse, abuse
change the inherent purpose or function of something
"Don't abuse the system"
"The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
3. abuse, clapperclaw, blackguard, shout
use foul or abusive language towards
"The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"
"The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
use wrongly or improperly or excessively
"Her husband often abuses alcohol"
"while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"
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