I. noun 1. a punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly • if he got dirt on his clothes he’d get a beating
• [ mass noun]
torture methods included beating.
2. [ mass noun] — pulsation or throbbing, typically of the heart. 3. a defeat in a competitive situation. II. phrases 1. take a beating
‹informal› suffer damage or hurt
• her pride had taken a beating at his hands.
2. take some (or a lot of) beating
‹informal› be difficult to surpass or defeat.
• last year’s £2.3 million record will take some beating.