get a hammering

get a hammering

1. To be thoroughly beaten or thrashed. Because my younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid, he often got a hammering from schoolyard bullies.
2. To be soundly defeated or bested; to lose by a wide margin. Their team's inexperience showed on the pitch today, as they got a hammering from the powerful squad from New Zealand.
3. To be very strongly rebuked, criticized, or condemned. The giant supermarket chain has gotten a hammering lately over allegations that they've been threatening local shops and markets. Mark sure got a hammering because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
See also: get, hammer

give somebody/get a ˈhammering

(British English, informal) beat somebody/be beaten severely or easily; punish somebody/be punished hard: Real Madrid gave the other team a hammering.When I was young, I once stole some money from my mother. I got a real hammering when she found out.
See also: get, give, hammer, somebody