give somebody/get a pasting

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get a pasting

1. 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 pasting from the powerful squad from New Zealand.
2. To be very strongly rebuked, criticized, or condemned. The giant supermarket chain has gotten a pasting lately over allegations that they've been threatening local shops and markets. Mark sure got a pasting because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
See also: get, paste

give (one) a pasting

1. To soundly defeat or best one; to defeat one lose by a wide margin. Their team's inexperience showed on the pitch today, as the powerful squad from New Zealand really gave them a pasting.
2. To very strongly rebuke, criticize, or condemn one. The principal gave Mark a pasting because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
See also: give, paste

give somebody/get a ˈpasting

(informal, especially British English)
1 beat somebody/be beaten very easily: Our team was given a real pasting on Saturday. We lost 6-0.The Democrats got a real pasting at the local elections.
2 criticize somebody/be criticized very severely: His new film got a pasting in the newspaper yesterday.She gave me a real pasting for handing in my essay a week late.
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