beating /ˈbiːtɪŋ/


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.

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