put the/a hurt on

idiom

US, informal
: to injure or damage (someone or something)
If we adopt a more aggressive strategy, we can really put the hurt on our competitors.

Examples of put the/a hurt on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then Detroit put a hurt on the Niners in the NFC Championship Game. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 Though most closely associated with bass fishing, Rat-L-Traps will put the hurt on trophy pike, lake trout, striped bass, and even saltwater species like speckled seatrout and redfish. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Senate Bill 1820 in the Texas Legislature would put a hurt on these outside companies. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2023 That could put a hurt on the Bengals’ push to return to the Super Bowl. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 3 Nov. 2022 Most popular these days are big bores designed to put the hurt on large, sometimes ornery critters. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 2 Nov. 2020

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“Put the/a hurt on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20the%2Fa%20hurt%20on. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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