take it on the chin

idiomatic phrase

Definition of take it on the chin

1 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
2 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

First Known Use of take it on the chin

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 29 Jan. 2022.

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