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a glutton for punishment

A person who continues to do things whose consequences they find difficult or unpleasant. I couldn't wait to finish college, but I soon found myself in grad school. I must be a glutton for punishment. Why does George keep getting detention? Is he a glutton for punishment? You must be a glutton for punishment if you have such a hard time following Mom and Dad's rules.
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let the punishment fit the crime

set phrase The punishment given should be equal to the offense done. A: "Mom! I only snuck out a couple of times." B: "Yes, completely betraying our trust! So let the punishment fit the crime—you're grounded for three months, with no car or phone privileges." Let the punishment fit the crime. If Tiff did in fact start that nasty rumor about you, stop being friends with her. I mean, how can you trust her ever again?
See also: crime, fit, let, punishment

the punishment fits the crime

The punishment given is equal to the offense done. A: "Mom! I only snuck out a couple of times." B: "Yes, completely betraying our trust! You're grounded for three months, with no car or phone privileges—I think the punishment fits the crime." If you stop being friends with Tiff because she started that nasty rumor about you, I'd say the punishment definitely fits the crime. I mean, how can you trust her ever again?
See also: crime, fit, punishment
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glutton for punishment

Fig. someone who is eager for a burden or some sort of difficulty; someone willing to accept a difficult task. Tom works too hard. He is a glutton for punishment. I enjoy managing difficult projects, but I am a glutton for punishment.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

glutton for punishment

Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row-she's a glutton for punishment . This expression originated as a glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a glutton for punishment

If someone is a glutton for punishment, they keep on doing something which most people would find unpleasant or difficult. As well as the early starts riding and late nights working, this glutton for punishment is also studying for a degree. I know it's a big job to take on, but then I've always been a glutton for punishment. Note: A glutton is a greedy person.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a glutton for punishment

a person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.
Glutton of — was used figuratively from the early 18th century for someone inordinately fond of the thing specified, especially when translating the Latin phrase helluo librorum ‘a glutton of books’. The possible origin of the present phrase is in early 19th-century sporting slang.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a ˌglutton for ˈpunishment, ˈwork, etc.

(informal) a person who seems to like doing unpleasant or difficult things: You’re going to drive all the way to London and back in a day? You’re a glutton for punishment, aren’t you?She’s a glutton for work. She stays late every evening.
A glutton is a person who is too fond of food. In this idiom, it refers to a person who seems to be very fond of the thing mentioned.
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glutton for punishment, a

A masochist, a person who seeks out odious or onerous tasks, or habitually takes on more than is reasonable. The earliest version of this term was a glutton for work and dates from the latter part of the nineteenth century. It was used by Kipling in his story A Day’s Work (1895): “He’s honest, and a glutton for work.” Whether work is viewed as punishment or not is clearly up to the viewer. The OED, which cites a glutton for punishment only in 1971, makes no such judgment.
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Did you think the punishment would be withheld because you are the wife of him who pronounces it?
Norris's resolving to quit Mansfield and devote herself to her unfortunate Maria, and in an establishment being formed for them in another country, remote and private, where, shut up together with little society, on one side no affection, on the other no judgment, it may be reasonably supposed that their tempers became their mutual punishment.
That punishment, the public punishment of disgrace, should in a just measure attend his share of the offence is, we know, not one of the barriers which society gives to virtue.
"I did, I did the Lord gave me the feeling, as a punishment for my sins!
"There are many awful passages in these pages, Ishmael," she said, when the volume was opened, and the leaves were slowly turning under her finger, "and some there ar' that teach the rules of punishment."
Satisfied now, that the fate of her brother was sealed, and possibly conscious how well he merited the punishment that was meditated, she no longer thought of mediation.
The immediate apprehensions of the kidnapper were quieted, by an assurance that he might yet live for days, though his punishment was inevitable.
She said that corporal punishment did not mean physical punishment only but it included other kinds of punishments as well which tormented children or any other person for that matter and also inflicted pain upon them both physically and mentally.
DUBAI: Beatings and violent physical punishments persist in many Middle East schools despite international laws banning abuse of children and widespread concern about the effects of corporal punishment.
As a result, teachers and parents use corporal punishments as a tool in disciplining their children.
The states where such punishments are legal, from preschool to until the end of school, include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
Aside from the infliction of pain and the physical injuries, which often result from the use of physical punishments, Kiriinya said the disciplinary methods also impact students' academic achievement and long-term well-being.
earnings An increase in sentence length is one of various punishments a prisoner can receive for bad behaviour behind bars.
He also challenged the acquittal of 26 accused asking for their convictions and punishments, as they were released.
Karachi -- Chief Justice Sindh High Court (SHC) has taken notice of strange punishments awarded by subordinate courts in Karachi.