One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be subjected to a heavy defeat or harsh treatment.
- ‘Last week PwC's client ScottishPower took a hammering on the markets following malicious rumours of accounting irregularities at its Pacificorp subsidiary.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As Thompson acknowledges, national pride took a hammering.’
- ‘It shed billions as banks and energy stocks in particular took a hammering, as nervous investors fled to safer environs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.