take (one's) lumps(redirected from take their lumps)
take (one's) lumps
To experience and accept adversity, challenges, etc. The term typically implies that one perseveres without complaint despite such negative experiences. I know that I have to take my lumps as an intern to earn the other employees' trust and move up the corporate ladder.
take one's lumps
Inf. to accept the result or punishment one deserves. (See also get one's lumps.) You've got to learn to take your lumps if you're going to be in politics. I hate taking my lumps. I'd rather pretend nothing had happened.
take (or get) your lumpssuffer punishment; be attacked or defeated. informal, chiefly North American
1971 Bernard Malamud The Tenants Now I take my lumps, he thought. Maybe for not satisfying Mary.