1. A physical attack involving severe or repeated striking. The captain of the football team swore he'll give me a beating if he catches me talking to his girlfriend again.
2. A decisive loss. We sure took a beating tonight—12-1.
3. A serious setback. Thanks to the recession, our business has taken a real beating.
See also: beating
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