on/at the receiving end

Definition of on/at the receiving end

:in the position of having something bad or unpleasant directed at one
  • It's not often that I find myself on the receiving end of such insults.

Word by Word Definitions

receive play receiving
  1. : to come into possession of : acquire

  2. : to act as a receptacle or container for

  3. : to assimilate through the mind or senses

end play
  1. : the part of an area that lies at the boundary

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

  1. : to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in


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