receiving end


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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Sessions has been on the receiving end of criticism from liberals questioning the former lawmaker's commitment to protecting the civil rights of people of color past or present. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Why there’s little optimism after the Justice Department reopened the Emmett Till case," 12 July 2018 No character was on the receiving end of that more than Jar Jar Binks, who first appeared in 1999 in ‘Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.’ He was supposed to be a clumsy, funny character. Allison Klein,, "‘Star Wars’ actor who played Jar Jar says hate from fans almost ruined his life," 5 July 2018 Any male cyclist who’s been on the receiving end of harassment knows it’s always about impugning your masculinity. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "No, Cycling Isn't Elitist," 5 July 2018 Now 66 and the coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten, Mid-American and Missouri Valley conferences, Carollo will be on the receiving end of two significant high-fives in the coming weeks. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Not even an exuberant Brett Favre could crack referee Bill Carollo's integrity," 3 July 2018 On a pair of first-half ocassions Matt Miazga attempted to complete passes through the lines and play out of the back, only for unforced errors on the receiving end to cede possession. Avi Creditor,, "USMNT Closes Camp, Awkward Period With Nice Lasting Impression vs. France," 9 June 2018 The repetitiveness of the work, and the lack of contact with those who will be on the receiving end of it, has a way of numbing our moral sensibilities. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why Border Patrol agents obey immoral orders," 20 June 2018 Whatever the reason, a wild celebration makes great viewing for us all - unless your team is on the receiving end of it that is., "6 of the Wildest Celebrations Ever Seen in Football," 19 June 2018 Chief Keef is on the receiving end of another JAY-Z shout-out as well. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Ranking Each Song From JAY-Z & Beyonce's 'Everything Is Love' Album: Critic's Pick," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of receiving end

1937, in the meaning defined above

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