receiving end

noun

Definition of receiving end

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

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She's won over state officials, well-wishers, and children all over the world, but today, London’s dogs and cats were on the receiving end of the Duchess of Sussex’s charms. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Falls in Love with Rescue Dogs at First Mayhew Engagement as Patron," 16 Jan. 2019 The list of companies on the receiving end of Cummings’ demand reads like an industry who’s who. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing," 14 Jan. 2019 Related Stories There's precedent for this (admittedly ballsy) act, which Microsoft should remember well, having been on the receiving end of it. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, Sarah Hyland has found herself on the receiving end of Instagram trolling many times. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Wells Adams Had the Perfect Response to Someone Who Body-Shamed Sarah Hyland," 22 Oct. 2018 Apple’s squid emoji, which was integrated in 2016, is on the receiving end of scorn from the scientific community following a tweet from the Monterey Bay Aquarium team. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji," 5 Dec. 2018 And the Muslim passenger Ali (also Duckart) is on the receiving end of anti-Arab bigotry that flared after 9/11. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘Come From Away’ at 5th Avenue Theatre is openhearted and exhilarating," 16 Oct. 2018 Meet the season's new villain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers), a pirate and smuggler who finds himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from Jamie in a split-second clip later in the trailer. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Outlander Season 4 Trailer Is Here, So Gird Your Loins," 30 July 2018 Usually a visit to the mound by the pitching coach or manager isn't always a pleasant experience for the pitcher on the receiving end. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Look how happy Astros rookie Cionel Perez was to make his big league debut," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of receiving end

1937, in the meaning defined above

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