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take a punishing

1. To be thoroughly beaten or thrashed; to suffer rough treatment or abuse. My younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid who often took a punishing from schoolyard bullies. My feet have taken a punishing from hiking in these old sneakers.
2. To be soundly defeated or bested; to lose by a wide margin. Their team's inexperience showed on the pitch today, as they took a punishing from the powerful squad from New Zealand.
3. To suffer severe losses or setbacks. The stock market took a punishing over the weekend after fears of Greece's exit from the Eurozone. My efforts to get my PhD have taken a punishing over the last couple of years, but I'm still determined to see it through.
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punish someone by something

to discipline someone by doing something. The headmaster punished the children by forcing them to go to bed early. She punished herself by not eating.
See also: by, punish

punish someone for something

to discipline someone for [doing] something. Someone will punish you for what you did. Please don't punish me for doing it. I'm sorry.
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punish someone with something

to use something to discipline someone. The captain punished the sailor with the lash. Sally threatened to punish Timmy with a spanking.
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Likewise, a SDPO had no powers to punish an officer of any rank.
Of great concern is the admission by drivers that they're likely to try and punish other motorists while traveling on the state's roads and highways," said Pare Fischer, vice president of public affairs for the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.
Inflicting a penalty merely to deter -- rather than to punish for deeds done -- is the very definition of cruelty.
6] But, federal law enforcement has a new weapon in its arsenal to use against industrial thieves--the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, a comprehensive federal criminal statute that helps law enforcement investigate economic espionage and punish criminals and spies in an unprecedented manner.
The 21 members the committee voted to punish Monday included various Nationalist heads of local councils, a former county commissioner, and a number of national parliament members.
No evidence for the intricate and paradoxical ways in which homosexuality pervaded Florentine male culture in the Renaissance is more telling than the contrast between the violent rhetoric of preachers and moralists and the actual efforts of magistrates to control and punish it.
The Coors episode was the catalyst for Colorado's adopting an "audit privilege" law, based on the premise that it's wrong to punish someone for voluntarily discovered, voluntarily revealed information that they otherwise wouldn't have known about or disclosed at all.
Thus, when he reached the underworld, he was permitted to return to punish her for the omission.
If the counselor chooses to punish Matt by taking away a dance, he and his friends might pressure Johnny relentlessly, and Johnny might end up feeling worse than he did before his trunk was destroyed.
In a 5 - 4 decision authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court held that it is unconstitutional for a jury to award punitive damages to punish for harm to individuals who are not before the Court - as it was invited to do so in the Williams trial - and that such an award would amount to a taking of property without due process.
Islamabad -- The Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday whether individuals had the authority to punish a blasphemer.
We live in a society were we are to quick to punish people.
Washington, July 18 ( ANI ): A new study has found that we punish cheaters only when they end up better off than us, challenging the notion that punishment is motivated by revenge.
The bill signed into law seeks to punish offences against women, namely, giving them in marriage in badal-e-sulah, wanni or swara, depriving them from inheritance, forced marriage and marriage with Holy Quran.
Summary: The Iraqi government stated on Tuesday it would punish security officials in the Baghdad district where Al-Qaeda gunmen luanched a deadly hostage-taking at a church.