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receive the fright of (one's) life

To experience an extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. I received the fright of my life when I noticed someone standing right behind me. Mary received the fright of her life as the car ahead of her swerved across traffic.
See also: fright, life, of, receive

sneck posset

archaic A rejection, refusal, or cold reception; a closed door (as on a visitor). Primarily heard in UK. After receiving a veritable sneck posset from his wealthy distant relations, Milton set to drinking in the town's tavern for want of any other recourse.
See also: posset, sneck

receive (one's) just deserts

To receive that which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavorable outcome. (Note: The phrase is often misspelled as "just desserts," due to the pronunciation of "deserts" and "desserts" being the same in this context.) The CEO cheated his clients out of nearly $4 million, but he received his just deserts when he was stripped of everything he owned and sent to prison.
See also: desert, just, receive

at the receiving end

In the position of getting something (from someone else). Typically, the one "at the receiving end" is the recipient of some behavior or action perceived to be harmful or negative. Look, I know you're having a tough time at work, but I'm sick of being at the receiving end of your temper every night! I'd hate to be at the receiving end of one of his roundhouse kicks.
See also: end, receive

It is better to give than to receive.

 and It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Prov. It is more virtuous to give things than to get them. (Biblical.) Susan told her children, "Instead of thinking so much about what you want for your birthday, think about what to give your brothers and sisters for their birthdays. Remember, it is better to give than to receive." Our charity encourages you to share the good things you have. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
See also: better, give, receive

receive someone as someone or something

to welcome and accept someone as someone or something. The king received the ambassador as an honored guest. They said they would receive their former guest as a welcome visitor.
See also: receive

receive someone into something

to welcome someone into something, some place, or some organization. Everyone received the new member into the club with eager congratulations. We received them into our homes and fed them well.
See also: receive

receive someone or something back

to get someone or something back. Martha received her husband back after his escapade. I sent a letter off with the wrong postage and received it back two weeks later.
See also: back, receive

receive someone with open arms

 and welcome someone with open arms 
1. Lit. to greet someone with arms spread wide to hug someone. His mother greeted him with open arms at the door.
2. Fig. to greet someone eagerly. I'm sure they wanted us to stay for dinner. They received us with open arms. When I came home from college, the whole family welcomed me with open arms.
See also: arm, open, receive

receive something from some place

to get and accept something from some place. I just received a letter from Budapest! Mary received a package from Japan.
See also: place, receive

receive something from someone

to get and accept something from someone. Tony received a sweater from his grandfather for his birthday. Who did you receive this from?
See also: receive

receive word

(from someone or something) Go to word (from someone or something).
See also: receive, word

*word (from someone or something)

messages or communication from someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; hear ~; receive ~.) We have just received word from Perry that the contract has been signed.

on the receiving end

also at the receiving end
feeling the unpleasant effects of something She'd been on the receiving end of his temper a few times and knew how nasty it could be.
See also: end, on, receive

be at/on the receiving end

if you are on the receiving end of something unpleasant that someone does, you suffer because of it (usually + of ) Sales assistants are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse from customers.
See also: end, receive

on the receiving end

In the situation of recipient, especially of something unpleasant, as in It seems I'm always on the receiving end of his bad moods. [c. 1930]
See also: end, on, receive


1. and Word up. interj. Correct.; Right. I hear you, man. Word.
2. interj. Hello. (see also What’s the (good) word?.) Word. What’s new? A: Word. B: Word.
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453A $5 million threshold applies, the selling shareholders should receive enough money to enable these shareholders to make tax interest payments to the IRS.
The court held that the taxpayer did not receive money, actually or constructively, from her former husband until formal releases were executed.
After the sale, the cash-out partners receive a distribution of the note in exchange for their partnership interests.
The state estimates that 1,000 staff members will receive $25,000 awards; 3,750 staffers will receive $10,000 each; and 7,500 will receive $5,000 each.
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Only bargaining has occurred and the plaintiff has stated she does not wish to receive a lump-sum settlement.
Taxpayers who extended their returns and received premature second-installment balance-due notices dated July 3, 1995, will receive an apology letter from the IPS.
Holders of record of CPOs on May 8, 2006 will be entitled to receive the CPO stock dividend or they can elect to receive cash in lieu of the stock dividend.
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Thus, a transaction may be considered an installment sale whether the seller is to receive a single payment in a subsequent tax year or multiple payments spanning various tax years.
402(c)(1) allows an individual to receive an eligible rollover distribution from a qualified retirement trust without being subject to current income taxation or premature distribution penalties, if he transfers such distribution to another eligible retirement plan, such as an individual retirement account (IRA), within the 60-day period beginning on the distribution receipt date.
Employees accumulate unused sick leave from year to year and receive a lump-sum payment at retirement, representing the accumulated sick leave.