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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.
See also: punish, take

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.
See also: punish

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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It is important for the police to set an example by punishing a rogue cop who has been involved in cases.
But even on this program the action takes place in a criminal courtroom, reminding us that justice is primarily a matter of identifying and punishing the guilty.
If we start punishing ideas, that which is criminal will depend (even more than it already does) on whether liberals or conservatives are in power in any given legislative year.
They promote fairness by not punishing people who voluntarily reveal information they didn't have to find out about in the first place.
We are not interested in punishing them, and we expect their help in looking for better ways to meet their needs.
31) After December 1987, however, it became a priority, as witnessed by the fact that Punishing a Nation grew out of an initiated but uncompleted three-month and later six-month report.
In the same way most of those who want bygonesbe bygones when it comes to punishing criminals are the very same people who want Zardari and Musharraf to go unpunished.
While punishing the guilty, his party should not be considered as the ministers are the leaders of the society and people look up to them," he said.
Had he been a thief, punishing him was action of courts and not police.
Instead of punishing criminals, such useless evidence is shown.
But this now seems like they are punishing the wrong people - the guilty are treated more leniently than they should be and it seems that life is so cheap today.
Instead of Rio Mesa's Malachi Lewis grinding out yards behind a dominant offensive line, it was Agoura's Matt Bradley repeatedly following the lead of a punishing block en route to a 193-yard, four-touchdown performance.
Over the centuries, the church has repeatedly affirmed the state's right and duty to protect the common good by punishing and executing felons.
Berkeley is punishing kids in the Sea Scouts program to make a political statement, and that's a real tragedy," Johnson said.
Mardan, March 02, 2012 (Frontier Star): On punishing a student, his father thumped a teacher and gave life threats to him in the school premises here on Thursday.