take it on the chin

idiomatic phrase

US : to be badly damaged or affected by something : to be hit hard by something
The company took it on the chin as a symbol of the system in the Sixties. When it was accused of racism, sexism, anti-environmentalism, it reacted defensively, exacerbating the situation.Andrew E. Serwer
chiefly British : to accept something difficult or unpleasant without complaining
… if their comments come with some criticism then ministers—and the advisers on whom they rely—must be big enough to take it on the chin.The Western Mail

Examples of take it on the chin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Executive compensation is always top tier, of course, but the difference now is that consumers are having to take it on the chin while the top brass get wealthier and profit margins get fatter. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 Because working-class people tend to have lower incomes and thus the smallest cushion to absorb rising prices, Nevadans take it on the chin when inflation remains high. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 Liberals may have to take it on the chin with the size and scope of the social spending package. Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 Growth stocks, including Tech, tend to take it on the chin when yields rise, because they’re highly valued based on hopes for strong future growth. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Trump need only look to presidents and candidates who had the White House snatched away, for an example of how to take it on the chin. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, 9 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of take it on the chin was in 1928

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“Take it on the chin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20it%20on%20the%20chin. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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