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.

Examples of take a beating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, IPO shares take a beating after starting public trading, which means new shareholders risk losing money right off the bat. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 The mudroom may also take a beating from muddy boots, coats, and bags being dropped on the floor. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Oct. 2023 Fiberglass frames and a plastic boot make these skates also lightweight for tricks and durable enough to take a beating. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2024 A bit of rain shouldn’t be too much of a problem; brass instruments, cases and drums made of wood can take a beating during a rainy march. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 These slightly modernized boots have a sleek silhouette and durable suede uppers that can take a beating through thick underbrush and rugged trails. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 This is also a great choice for someone who needs a pole that will take a beating. Lindsey Lapointe, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The best way to protect your special someone’s booze from their own clumsiness is a flask that can take a beating like High Camp’s Torch flask. G. Clay Whittaker, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2023 The pickup truck Russell was driving had two stunt doubles of its own that would take a beating on Wednesday along the railroad tracks, although the train never actually hit a vehicle. Greg Garrison | , al, 20 July 2023

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“Take a beating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20beating. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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