take a lot of lumps

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Definition of take a lot of lumps 

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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