A student was hit by a group of people.
Is it correct to say "The student was group-hit / group-beaten / gang-hit by a gang"?
Do we have a verb that expresses "to be hit or beaten by a group"?
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A verb that doesn't explicitly indicate beating but could work in context is "Mob", better used in the form "Mobbed".
Mob : to crowd about and attack or annoy
a crow mobbed by songbirds
the student was sent to the hospital after he was mobbed by a gang
While it doesn't necessarily imply physical violence, the term
Gang(ed) up on
would work well here
We were at the park and got jumped by 12 gang bangers!
Urban Dictionary: Jumped CONTAINS SOME VULGAR LANGUAGE.
The compound noun "gang beating" exists. It is mostly used in headlines or similar contexts.
French police arrest nine over 15-year-old boy's brutal gang beating in Paris.
Otherwise the subject of the verb (or the by phrase in a passive sentence) is sufficient:
A 20-year-old man was left looking “unrecognisable” after being beaten up by a gang of shirtless schoolboys in a town “overrun” with out-of-control youths.
A group of girls beat up a woman in Chester, videotaped it and posted the beating on Facebook.
These use the phrasal verb "beat up" to indicate completeness etc.
Another possibility is swarm (as a transitive verb).
to beset or surround in a swarm
This word doesn’t necessarily imply violence, but you could say something like, “His attackers swarmed him.”
Also gang-bashed in past tense, and gang-bashing in noun form. May appear more often as gang bash, compound word rather than hyphenated.
Sufficiently well-known to be used in news media, these examples being hidden by spoilers as they may contain distressing statements.
County court: Gang-bash vigilante gets taste of jail A VIGILANTE who helped gang-bash a North Geelong man...
A former soldier has fallen victim to an alleged gang bashing when he went to help a woman in trouble in a Melbourne park.
and in New Zealand,
At the end of the Crown case, Gibson-Park elected to give evidence, describing what took place “as a bit of a gang bash”.
These can be distinguished from the use of (unhyphenated) "gang bash" as a synonym of "a group's celebration party", and from the unconnected object and verb of a sentence, as in "the drum gang bash their instruments".
Lots, although many of the most commonly used form are verb phrases, rather than simple verbs.
dogpiled - Literally this means multiple people physically get on top of one person. However, this has common less literal meanings of someone just getting attacked by so many people from so many directions that defense is impossible. This can even include verbal and online assaults.
jumped - This can be used in the sense of the subject was subjected to a surprise attack from one or more parties. Usually a small group when its talking about a group.
ganged-up on - This is basically what you say instead when "dogpiled" seems too slangy.
mobbed - This is basically the same as dogpiled, but not as severe. The literal implication implies a large group of assailants, but doesn't imply the target was necessarily taken to the ground. Your typical Kung-Fu movie hero gets mobbed, but usually not dogpiled.
No, there is not a single word to indicate a physical beating of an individual or group by a different group of people. Or, if there is, I am not aware of it. What we do use is a noun to indicate the size, type, or character of the group (e.g. mob, gang, crowd, etc.), and a verb or verb phrase to indicate the character of the physical interaction (e.g. bumped, pushed, shoved, beat, beat severely, etc.). Note that "mob" can also be used as a verb, but as a verb it does not indicate a level of physical contact.
The crowd of young fans were so enamored of the singer that they mobbed the stage and injured the band members.
The Jan 6th protestors ganged up and beat the officers so severely that some died.
I would say "dogpiled." But this can sometimes come across as overly metaphorical. However, in American English, this was the first word that came to mind.