Kyla, my five-year-old daughter: "Mommy, your Mandarin teacher hits you, right?"
Kyla: "You said she hits you."
Me: "No, she doesn't! What are you talking about?"
Kyla: "Or pushes you, or something?"
Me: "Oh yeah, she pushes me!" The explanation followed.
When I was in college, I was speaking with a Bulgarian friend who had never heard the expression, "Beats me." He had a shocked reaction too, before I explained it.
I wonder if English has more metaphors of violence than other languages?