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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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Four counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The law also makes it punishable to send pornographic images by e-mail to random people.
The prosecution said it was murder, punishable by 20 years in prison.
Careless driving offences are currently dealt with by the courts and can be punishable with a fine of up to pounds 2,500 and six penalty points.
And it would make spanking a misdemeanor punishable with up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000 -- although first-time offenders most likely would be sent to parenting classes.
Mint has issued a new "interim" rule making the melting of pennies or nickels punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
Terminated because of a final judgment of conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year:
Violations are punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the amount of the fraud.
He did some research that turned up an old Pennsylvania law, rescinded in 1960, that made cutting down the trees a crime punishable by a $500 penalty and five months in jail.
As The Stranger Behind The Copernican Revolution enlightens the readers on the discoveries acknowledgment punishable by death, they will learn of the young mathematician Joachim Rheticus' search for the aging astronomer, eventually teaming up to spend another two years perfecting the documentation of Copernican's discoveries.
brought up the Gun-Free School ZonesAct, which made it a federal crime punishable by five years in prison to possess a gun within 1,000 feet of a school.
Designed to punish those who lure children via chat rooms and instant messaging, the crime is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 12 months in jail.
They were held in prison for 14 months, where they were beaten before admitting to having gay sex, and they were unaware the act was punishable by death.
The bill would make incitement to discrimination against sexual orientation punishable by a year in prison or a fine of up to $54,000.
Legislation to make it an offence for a public body or a contractor to disclose personal information or send it outside Canada in response to a foreign court order, subpoena or warrant, with violation being punishable by a fine of up to $1 million and/or a term of imprisonment;