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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.
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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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In the 3rd count, Ayodele was also alleged to have informed the Director that he was a member of ICAN in order for him to be converted and upgraded when he knew that the information was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of FCT Nigeria 2006.
The law should make the offence punishable by three years of imprisonment, Owaisi said while participating in the debate in the Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks to the President's Address.
Forty-seven percent also believe that use of illegal drugs is punishable by death penalty, while 53 percent correctly responded that it is not true.
Whoever, contravenes the prohibition of methamphetamine shall be punishable with imprisonment, not less than seven years and shall also be liable to fine not less than Rs.
Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 declares marriage below the age of 18 years punishable by law.
one count of Possession of a Prohibited weapon: to wit Pepper Spray, under section 91(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.
Illegal access to data is punishable by three-month imprisonment and a fine of Rs50,000, as per the bill.
8 per 1,000 will be punishable by a fine of BGN 500 and cancellation of the driving licence for six months.
A JAMMU and Kashmir court granted bail to a student accused of spreading rumours about deaths due to polio vaccine, saying the offence is not punishable with either death or life sentence.
This replaced an earlier 19th century law that made bigamy punishable by transportation to colonies such as Australia.
The Second Section of the ECtHR decided in 2013 that the denial of the Armenian genocide was not a punishable offense.
Motorists found to be driving with an expired vehicle registration will be fined Dhs400 on the spot, while driving a vehicle without the proper permission from the competent licensing authority is punishable by a Dhs200 fine and vehicle impoundment for a period of sevendays.
Adding further, the chief of the Traffic Control Section indicated that the UAE traffic law stipulates several sanctions for unfit commercial vehicles, including driving a vehicle that causes pollution, punishable by a fine of Dh500; vehicle unfit for driving, punishable by a fine of Dh200 in addition to vehicle confiscation for seven days; driving with tires in poor condition, punishable by a fine of Dh200 and vehicle confiscation for seven days; broken lights punishable by a fine of Dh200 and 6 black points; broken indicator lights, punishable by a fine of Dh100 and two black points; and driving a noisy vehicle, punishable by a fine of Dh500 and vehicle confiscation for 30 days.
Manufacture, sale or possession with intent to sell of alcoholic beverages of domestic production (with ethyl alcohol content exceeding 9%) would be punishable by a fine in the amount of 4-5 thousand som ($62-78) with confiscation of products and means of production.
As it turns out, blasphemy is also punishable by death.