One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be subjected to a heavy defeat or harsh treatment.‘small business is taking a hammering’
- ‘Still, Labour took a hammering by all accounts and since I couldn't think of who else to vote for it doesn't really matter.’
- ‘He took a hammering for presiding over persistently high levels of unemployment and for less than impressive rates of economic growth.’
- ‘Last week PwC's client ScottishPower took a hammering on the markets following malicious rumours of accounting irregularities at its Pacificorp subsidiary.’
- ‘City of York Hockey Club's first and second teams took a hammering from their Sheffield University Bankers rivals.’
- ‘Bridleway surfaces took a hammering from the water, while floods also washed away a section of the newly-created footpath for wheelchair users by the lakeshore at Monk Coniston.’
- ‘It was incredible that when Ulster had to travel across the pond last Saturday they took a hammering from the same 15 men that they had beaten six days before.’
- ‘Eriksson took a hammering in the press after defeat by Australia in a friendly at Upton Park last year.’
- ‘As Thompson acknowledges, national pride took a hammering.’
- ‘One could only pity Laois as they took a hammering from mighty Tipperary in the All Ireland senior hurling championship qualifiers at O'Moore Park Portlaoise on Saturday.’
- ‘It shed billions as banks and energy stocks in particular took a hammering, as nervous investors fled to safer environs.’
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