take one's licks
Definition of take one's licks
: to be subjected to harsh criticism The movie has taken its licks from the reviewers.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: something that is taken:
: the amount of money received : proceeds, receipts, income
: share, cut
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