take a beating

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take a beating

:to be beaten badly in a game or contest
  • The team took a beating in last night's game.
often used figuratively to suggest a setback or loss
  • Our plans took a real beating from the review committee.
  • Many investors took quite a (bad) beating when the stock market crashed.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

beating play
  1. : an act of striking with repeated blows so as to injure or damage

  2. : pulsation

  3. : defeat, setback


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