take a beating

take a beating


  • to be defeated in doing something and be reprimanded for the same
  • to lose a considerable amount of money
  • to get punished for something not done right
  • be defeated or to lose of lots of money

Example Sentences

  1. The younger sibling never takes a beating even if they have done the mischief. It is always the older child who is blamed.
  2. I took the beating when the caterer did not deliver the food on time. He was hired through my reference after all.
  3. She always takes a beating for her husband because he never bothers attending any important family events.
  4. Freya should not be taking the beating for the work that was not her responsibility.
  5. I take the beating for being late every time even though it is my husband who takes a long time getting ready.
  6. I know many people who will avoid taking a beating at all costs.
  7. Owing to adverse reports in the media, the British Boarding Cast took a beating last year.


The origin is speculated to be from the beatings that dogs got from their owners when they misbehaved. The beating is of course in a metaphorical form now and not a physical one. The phrase dates back to the 1800’s and is more popular in British English than the American one. The exact literary origin is yet to be traced.

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