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Related to take lumps: take one's lumps
take one's lumps
Inf. to accept the result or punishment one deserves. (See also get one's lumps.) You've got to learn to take your lumps if you're going to be in politics. I hate taking my lumps. I'd rather pretend nothing had happened.
take your lumps
to experience and accept difficulties as part of doing something When unemployment increased, the Midwest took its lumps earlier than the East, but recovered faster.
Etymology: based on the idea of a fighter being able to take lumps (accept swelling in parts of the body)
take your lumps(American)
to receive and accept criticism or punishment for something you have done Joe blames nobody but himself for his problems. He takes his lumps and doesn't complain.