Definition of take a hammering in English:

take a hammering

phrase

informal
  • Be subjected to a heavy defeat or harsh treatment.

    ‘small business is taking 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last week PwC's client ScottishPower took a hammering on the markets following malicious rumours of accounting irregularities at its Pacificorp subsidiary.’
    • ‘As Thompson acknowledges, national pride took a hammering.’
    • ‘Eriksson took a hammering in the press after defeat by Australia in a friendly at Upton Park last year.’
    • ‘City of York Hockey Club's first and second teams took a hammering from their Sheffield University Bankers rivals.’
    • ‘He took a hammering for presiding over persistently high levels of unemployment and for less than impressive rates of economic growth.’
    • ‘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.’