take a pounding

Definition of take a pounding

:to receive repeated hits
  • The boxer took a pounding in the ring.
often used figuratively to suggest a setback or loss
  • The company's stocks took a pounding.

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

pound play pounding
  1. : any of various units of mass and weight

  2. : the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom —called also pound sterling

  3. : any of numerous basic monetary units of other countries (such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria) — see Money Table

  1. : an enclosure for animals

  2. : a depot for holding impounded personal property until redeemed by the owner

  3. : a place or condition of confinement

  1. : to reduce to powder or pulp by beating

  2. : to strike heavily or repeatedly

  3. : to produce with or as if with repeated vigorous strokes

  1. : an act or sound of pounding


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