take a beating


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take a beating

to be beaten, bested, or defeated. The candidate took a beating in the primaries. The team took quite a beating.
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take a beating

1. to be severely defeated in a game or competition The Knights really took a beating in last night's game.
2. to lose a lot of money The company took a beating last year, losing about $50 million.
3. to be severely criticized The president took a beating from environmental groups yesterday.
4. to be damaged by something The southeast took another beating from the weather yesterday.
Related vocabulary: take a licking
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of take a beating (to be hit and badly hurt)
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take a beating

to be defeated or to lose a lot of money The Knicks really took a beating in last night's game. The company took a beating last year, losing $50 million in profits.
See also: beating, take

take a beating

tv. to be beaten, bested, or defeated. The candidate took a beating in the runoffs.
See also: beating, take