take one's lumps

Definition of take one's lumps

US, informal

  1. :  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

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

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

    :  aggregate, totality

    :  majority

  1. :  to group indiscriminately

    :  to make into lumps

    :  to make lumps on or in

  1. :  not divided into parts :  entire

  1. :  to put up with


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