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
- The younger sibling never takes a beating even if they have done the mischief. It is always the older child who is blamed.
- I took the beating when the caterer did not deliver the food on time. He was hired through my reference after all.
- She always takes a beating for her husband because he never bothers attending any important family events.
- Freya should not be taking the beating for the work that was not her responsibility.
- I take the beating for being late every time even though it is my husband who takes a long time getting ready.
- I know many people who will avoid taking a beating at all costs.
- 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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