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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.
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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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The Third Circuit reversed, holding that "despite language in the benefit plan aimed to cast a broad net as to what constitutes receiving medical care for a 'pre-existing condition,' McLeod did not receive treatment 'for' such a preexisting condition prior to her effective date of coverage because neither she nor her physicians either knew or suspected that the symptoms she was experiencing were in any way connected with MS.
The Communion rail, or altar rail, was introduced into Catholic churches in the Middle Ages as the faithful began to receive Holy Communion kneeling.
This ruling can be interpreted to mean that, if a QI is used for exchanges between related parties and either related party receives cash, Sec.
The corporation receives a dividend-received deduction of 100 percent of the deductible dividend percentage computed in accordance with Sec.
IRC section 451 provides that an item of gross income is reported in the tax year in which a taxpayer receives it.
receives the AFS Award of Scientific Merit for his "numerous contributions to the scientific understanding of the metalcasting process through his active research on green sand properties and emission characteristics.
After Lincoln receives its share, the remaining reward money is distributed to the next most improved school until the fund is depleted.
But according to the laws of the State of New York, the broker's responsibility is to the seller - to achieve the best price possible for the property and the most desirable terms, regardless of who receives the commission or how much is received
The gateway operator, typically a financial institution or an entity working with one, receives these entries along with domestic payments sent to its own account holders.
36) The author recognizes that an argument can be made that any time a victim receives damages for lost wages, he receives a windfall to the extent that the recovery will not be subject to taxation.
HPN receives a monthly fee for each Medicaid and Nevada Check Up member enrolled by the state's managed care division and also receives a per case fee for each Medicaid and Nevada Check Up eligible newborn delivery.
1031 and 752, when an exchange straddles two years, partners could realize income in the year the partnership relinquishes property subject to debt, even though, in the following year, the entity timely receives replacement property encumbered by debt equal to or greater than the relinquished property's debt.
In general, the prevalent judicial view is that a deficiency notice mailed to the taxpayer's last known address is valid from the date of its mailing, whether or not the taxpayer actually receives it (King v.
If the taxpayer were required to reconcile the reports it receives, the costs of reconciliation by the payees would be even more out of whack: the average start-up cost of receiving (and reconciling) information returns was estimated to be almost $700 per report, whereas the annual maintenance expense would be nearly $90 per report.
Any Nissan driver competing in the Grand Touring (GT), Showroom Stock, Production, and Touring classes receives a $500 bonus for simply qualifying, attending and competing at the SCCA National Runoffs; $1,000 for earning the pole position; and $5,000 goes to any national champion winning the checkered flag in a 350Z or Sentra, while $1,000 is given for winning in other Nissan models.