take one's lumps

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take one's lumps

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

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

lump play lumps
  1. : a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape

  2. : aggregate, totality

  3. : majority

  1. : to group indiscriminately

  2. : to make into lumps

  3. : to move noisily and clumsily

  1. : not divided into parts : entire

  1. : to put up with


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