a beating

a beating

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. My younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid who often got a beating from schoolyard bullies. He's taken a beating tonight, and this might be it for the champ. No, wait, he's getting back up!
2. A decisive loss. We sure took a beating tonight—12-1. Their team's inexperience showed on the pitch today, as they took a beating from the powerful squad from New Zealand. After you spend so much time preparing for a match, it's really frustrating to end up getting a beating.
3. A serious setback. Thanks to the recession, our business has taken a real beating. My portfolio sure took a beating when the stock market crashed. My efforts to get my PhD have gotten a beating over the last couple of years, but I'm still determined to see it through.
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References in classic literature ?
Beauty Smith gave him a beating. Tied securely, White Fang could only rage futilely and endure the punishment.
White folks killed people right off in them days, and folks would rather they child or somebody get a beating than a hanging or a lynching.