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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 or oneself) by (doing something)

To do something as a way of penalizing or disciplining someone or oneself. The boss has been punishing those who disagree with him by loading them with more work than they can handle. For breaking his diet over the holidays, Bob punished himself by only eating vegetables for two weeks straight.
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punish (someone or oneself) for (something)

To penalize or discipline someone or oneself for some crime, wrong, mistake, or other transgression. Bob punished himself for breaking his diet over the holidays by only eating vegetables for two weeks straight. I feel like this heavy workload is the boss's way of punishing me for disagreeing with him during the meeting.
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punish with (something)

1. To penalize or discipline someone or oneself with a particular action or outcome. A noun or pronoun is used between "punish" and "with." I feel like the boss has been punishing me with a heavy workload just because I disagreed with him in the meeting. You would have been punished with death if you committed that crime in my home country.
2. To handle something in a very rough, damaging manner. A noun or pronoun is used between "punish" and "with." You need to stop punishing your body with so much alcohol each weekend. I'm surprised my car lasted as long as it has, considered how much I've punished it with my daily commute.
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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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Moreover, its preoccupation with Erdemovic's acts going unpunished as the consequence of the nullum crimen principle, which is essentially a punishability issue, was extraneous to its inquiry on the appropriate sentence since, by this stage in the proceedings, the guilt of the accused, and thus the legality of punishing the act, had already been determined.
As applied to nullum crimen, these attributes address the punishability of a particular conduct.
According to it, punishability is not determined by social expediency, but by the consent of the people concerned.
32) In any case, there is always the possibility that our intuition may in the end prove untenable--we may come to see objections against a rapidly achieved consensus about punishability and the need for punishment that show our initial seemingly reasonable responses to be ultimately unjustified.
Domestic homicide--the killing of relatives and sexual intimates--appears to be discounted in perceived seriousness and punishability, at least as compared to homicides by and against strangers.
Although the constitutionality of the second Act was challenged in the Korean Constitutional Court, the Court ruled that the laws were constitutional since lex praevia pertains to punishability, not prosecution.
Finally, for theorists who believe that results do not matter for blameworthiness and punishability, (14) responsibility rests upon the actor's choice.
I argued in my paper that freedom sufficient for punishability is not inconsistent with predictability.
Rather, the key is the nature of the criminal conduct and its punishability under international law and the Tribunal's statute.