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take a punishing

1. To be thoroughly beaten or thrashed; to suffer rough treatment or abuse. My younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid who often took a punishing from schoolyard bullies. My feet have taken a punishing from hiking in these old sneakers.
2. To be soundly defeated or bested; to lose by a wide margin. Their team's inexperience showed on the pitch today, as they took a punishing from the powerful squad from New Zealand.
3. To suffer severe losses or setbacks. The stock market took a punishing over the weekend after fears of Greece's exit from the Eurozone. My efforts to get my PhD have taken a punishing over the last couple of years, but I'm still determined to see it through.
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punish someone by something

to discipline someone by doing something. The headmaster punished the children by forcing them to go to bed early. She punished herself by not eating.
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punish someone for something

to discipline someone for [doing] something. Someone will punish you for what you did. Please don't punish me for doing it. I'm sorry.
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punish someone with something

to use something to discipline someone. The captain punished the sailor with the lash. Sally threatened to punish Timmy with a spanking.
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Hearing former elite force guard Mumtaz Qadri's plea, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the main issue in the case is whether individuals can presume the authority to punish a blasphemer.
The new law authorises both police and municipalities to punish offenders.
Nasir Khan Durrani said that administration is predicated upon the ability to punish & reward and it is impossible to actually command a disciplined force without having these requisites.
Prior to the recently introduced amendments, a District Police Officer was unable to punish the officers of the ranks of Inspector.
Des Moines (1969), still the lodestar for school discipline cases, schools can punish student speech only if it will cause a substantial disruption or violate the rights of others.
Russia: Russia on Saturday urged South Sudan to punish those responsible for shooting down a UN helicopter, killing all four Russian crew members on board.
The law will be applied in all firmness" to punish "a minority of extremists and mercenaries who resort to violence and disorder," Ben Ali said in a televized address.
But I'd like to think the SFL will weigh up everything and not punish the players and fans.
The audience was apparently totally unaware the programme was a hoax and roared the contestants on to "punish, punish, punish" the victim, while he screamed in pretty authentic terror.
A GROUP of 15 MPs have called on the Football Association to abandon their Respect campaign following the governing body's decision not to punish Sheffield United skipper Chris Morgan for the challenge which left Barnsley's Iain Hume with a fractured skull.
They were worried after South Africa and Australia had been complaining in the press that Richie McCaw wasn't getting punished enough for killing the ball on the floor, and as a result, I would be harsh and punish him regularly.
It is not right that a convert from Islam must live clandestinely, go to a church that is 30 kilometers from his home because he is afraid that the Muslim community will punish him.
Marketing is so driven by competition that the need to reward customers is often overshadowed by the need to trap and punish them.
Beneath all too many schools lurks a chilling message to students: "Learn or we will punish you.
The origin of crimes against humanity as a judicial concept was the result of a deliberate choice of the Nuremberg prosecutors, who lacked adequate legal precedent to punish the full scope of Nazi atrocities.