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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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Slander is not constitutionally protected, so why couldn't civil suits suffice for punishing malicious personal attacks?
Abbasi said he had always been of the opinion that punishing a player without any concrete proof was legally weak reason to ban a player.
DAVID HAYE has vowed to succeed where he claims the British justice system failed - by sufficiently punishing Dereck Chisora.
CDATA[ International consensus seems to be that it is better for the Jewish state to collectively punish its own citizenry by unleashing hundreds of murderous psychopaths in and around Israel than punishing Gaza.
The International (or should I still say Imperial) Cricket Council (ICC) is very active punishing players who cheat.
10 website so that we can provide examples - mistrust is a cancer that destroys the meaning of life and punishing us for what others are doing is the greatest source of mistrust.
The SFL could hit the Dark Blues with a hefty points deduction when they meet to discuss punishing the First Division outfit.
It is not just a case of talking then punishing the player financially.
Fifteen percent of the respondents did not support punishing Musharraf for enforcing emergency on November 3, 2007 while 14 percent did not give any response.
Instead of punishing the taxpayers by awarding Tennie Pierce $2.
Punishing customers--or at least potentially doing so--went to a new level earlier this year, when word got out that Royal Philips Electronics had a patent-pending technology that would prevent viewers from skipping television ads by freezing the channel while the ad was playing.
Jones said the detention center is trying to use more psychologists and psychiatrists to talk to the girls and to avoid punishing them with isolated confinement.
What if, instead of punishing mistakes, you rewarded employees for reporting mistakes that, when uncovered quickly and corrected, provided an illuminating lesson which benefited the company.
The data indicate only that some parents use excessive force in punishing their children, contributing to later problems for those kids, say psychologist Diana Baumrind of the University of California, Berkeley and her colleagues.