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take it on the chin

Definition of take it on the chin


  1. 1 US :  to be badly damaged or affected by something :  to be hit hard by something <Many investors took it on the chin yesterday as the stock market dropped sharply.>

  2. 2 British :  to accept something difficult or unpleasant without complaining <The criticism was harsh but he took it on the chin and didn't try to blame anyone else.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the prominence of the lower jaw

    :  the surface beneath or between the branches of the lower jaw

  1. :  to bring to or hold with the chin

    :  to raise (oneself) while hanging by the hands until the chin is level with the support

    :  to talk idly

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to criticize in a loud and angry way

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