take a beating

take a beating
1. to be severely defeated in a game or competition.

The Knights really took a beating in last night's game.

2. to lose a lot of money.

The company took a beating last year, losing about $50 million.

3. to be severely criticized.

The president took a beating from environmental groups yesterday.

4. to be damaged by something.

The southeast took another beating from the weather yesterday.

Related vocabulary: take a licking Etymology: based on the literal meaning of take a beating (= to be hit and badly hurt)

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  • take a beating — (informal) To suffer physical or verbal chastisement • • • Main Entry: ↑beat * * * take a beating phrase to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized Property firms have taken a beating on the stock market. Thesaurus: to be… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take some beating — ► to do something so well that it is difficult for anyone else to do better: »The automaker has delivered an impressive hatchback car that will take some beating. Main Entry: ↑beat …   Financial and business terms

  • take a beating — index lose (undergo defeat) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • take a beating (to) —  Lose; get a bad deal; be crushed.  ► “U.S. exports to Mexico will take a beating from the peso devaluation, but the beating may be less severe than it has been in the first few months of devaluation.” (Forbes, April 24, 1995, p. 49) …   American business jargon

  • take some beating — be hard to beat or take some beating to be very good, or to be better than other things of its kind It s an expensive hotel, but that kind of service is hard to beat …   English dictionary

  • take a beating — tv. to be beaten, bested, or defeated. □ The candidate took a beating in the runoffs. □ The team took quite a beating …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • take a beating — lose money His father really took a beating on the stock market recently …   Idioms and examples

  • take a beating — to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized Property firms have taken a beating on the stock market …   English dictionary

  • take some beating — …   Useful english dictionary

  • beating — n. 1) to give smb. a beating 2) to get, take a beating 3) a brutal, good, merciless, severe, vicious beating (he got a good beating) * * * [ biːtɪŋ] good merciless severe vicious beating (he got a good beating) a brutal …   Combinatory dictionary

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