Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take a beating

take a beating
1) lose badly in something or suffer a severe setback
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    • my efforts have taken a beating
  • Analysis

    Apart from the literal meaning (in which you suffer physical attack), when you 'take a beating', you lose badly, perhaps in a competition or sport; or perhaps in a business deal. You can use this expression in social or professional situations.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Our team took a real beating in the big match last weekend. It was dreadfully embarrassing.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Many investors took a heavy beating when the stock market crashed. Nobody saw it coming.
    2. My efforts to push through reforms have taken a few beatings, but after over a year of struggle, they were finally given the green light.
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