take one's lumps

idiom

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.

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“Take one's lumps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20one%27s%20lumps. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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