receiving end


: the position of being a recipient or especially a victim
usually used in the phrase on the receiving end

Examples of receiving end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fighters take turns hitting each other in the face with an open hand, and those on the receiving end stand with their hands behind their backs. Mark Anderson, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2023 On the campaign trail, DeSantis has made a point of highlighting the records of Republican governors — like Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Kemp — who find themselves on the receiving end of Trump’s ire for not backing his 2024 bid. Alec Hernández, NBC News, 19 Aug. 2023 The medical professional on the receiving end of those threats was hardly alone. Gina Errico, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2023 Last month, Twitter found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit that ended up in front of the Supreme Court. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for receiving end 

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of receiving end was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Receiving end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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