at the receiving end


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at the receiving end

In the position of getting something (from someone else). Typically, the one "at the receiving end" is the recipient of some behavior or action perceived to be harmful or negative. Look, I know you're having a tough time at work, but I'm sick of being at the receiving end of your temper every night! I'd hate to be at the receiving end of one of his roundhouse kicks.
See also: end, receive

be at (or on) the receiving end

be subjected to something unpleasant. informal
See also: end, receive
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Bilawal Bhutto remarked those who claimed the rule of law are now trying to become the oppressed when they are at the receiving end.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II stood by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa who is at the receiving end of criticisms after it was confirmed that South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo was killed inside the PNP's main headquarters, near his office.
At some stage, after some reflection in jail, we may hear the full story of how they ended up at the receiving end of a prison term after starting out on a working holiday in Ibiza.
Instantly defensive of the 'Royal Mail' and 'Post Office' difference and her suggestion of paying extra to ensure receipt of intact postage tells me she has not been at the receiving end of this, as many of us have.
Other celebrities at the receiving end of his caustic tongue include Naomi Campbell, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since his return from Iraq, Loney has found himself lionized and at the receiving end of invitations to speak at various conferences.
and the party at the receiving end. I try not to judge.