take a lot of lumps

idiom

US, informal
: to be badly beaten or hurt
He took a lot of lumps as a kid growing up in the city.
usually used figuratively
Their first album took a lot of lumps from the critics.
The team has taken a lot of lumps this year, but their play has improved recently.

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

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