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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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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Even speaking well of the referee, as I did, I was punished. In Portugal, you tell referees what you want, before the game, during and after the game, you're punished with ridiculous small fines.
"Despite the fact that the October district police department has been leading in crime solution for the past 2 years, despite all the achievements, the employees were punished," he said.
Those who commit the crimes must be punished. Everyone is equal before the law and everyone must be punished for the committed crime."
Among those on the list, 649 were punished for inappropriate use of poverty relief funds, Hu said, adding involved funds totaled around 15.49 billion yuan.
'Whoever, not being a parent, having the actual charge of or control over a child, willfully assaults, ill-treats, fails to provide adequate food and clothes or behaving with a child in a manner likely to cause such unnecessary mental or physically suffering shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and also shall be liable to fine which may extend to three hundred thousand rupees.
Legal expert Sok Sam Oeun, who is chief attorney at AMRIN Law and Consultants Group, said he did not know of any law or article that punished such acts as pretending to have voted.
'Those who should be punished are being acquitted and those who should be acquitted are being made to appear before court,' the former premier said while addressing the media outside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him.
He continued, 'The nation will decide in the upcoming general elections who should be disqualified and who is corrupt.' 'They say they want to conduct free and fair elections but punished several of our party members for contempt of judiciary and who knows how many more they want to punish,' he added.
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan's acquittal in the SSP Asmatullah Junejo attack case saying those who should be punished are being acquitted.
He added, thieves and fraudsters should be punished at any cost and that he was making a request from Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to imprison them.
Saman: Don't remember being punished but I was scolded many times.
Earlier, he had told his supporters that Benazir had been punished for propagating democracy and for her deep love for the people."My leader [Benazir], you were punished for fighting against dictatorship and presenting Islam's peaceful face to the world,"Bilawal said."You were punished for fighting for women and speaking for the oppressed.
JOSE MOURINHO claims Manchester United are being "punished" by the Premier League's festive fixture schedule.
But nooooo, lets punish the villagers who are already being punished by the lack of police presence.
China has punished coal and steel companies for illegal production or unsafe operations as part of the government's efforts to reduce industrial overcapacity.