take a beating
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
: to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as
: to seize or capture physically
: to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing
: a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment
: a distinct treatment or variation
: an act or the action of taking: such as
: an act of striking with repeated blows so as to injure or damage
: the injury or damage thus inflicted
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