One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Endure or accept misfortune courageously or stoically.
- ‘Today I'm here to write a love letter to the people and places of Florida, because they've been taking it on the chin lately, storm-wise, and I'd like them to know I'm thinking of them.’
- ‘I'm just grateful that Mr Horner did the decent thing and took it on the chin.’
- ‘Noble chief executive Richard Elman said all the group's businesses " performed well with one exception: we really took it on the chin in our soyabean operations " to record a US $25 million loss.’
- ‘Some players are going to have to take it on the chin and accept that they still have to learn what it takes to win big games.’
- ‘We watched the way Hal was grilled at the press conferences, the way he took it on the chin, but the ambassadorial role, which is equally important, he played magnificently well.’
- ‘He took it on the chin like an Englishman, and was rather charming, as the very smart (who for some reason tend to be scientists) can do.’
- ‘So before you go on, does that mean that Swedes just take it on the chin, and that they accept it as a disease and it's not a debate?’
- ‘England took it on the chin but their pain was severe.’
- ‘The Connors, though heartbroken at the time, took it on the chin and set about replacing the herd.’
- ‘But the die-hard footie fan took it on the chin and said at least he could salvage something out of the day.’
- ‘Faced with scrambled nest eggs, sinking pension plans, shaky health coverage and a gloomy job market, record numbers of average Americans are taking it on the chin - and in the wallet.’
- ‘Cullen said he hoped the result encourages the NDP government to recognize that between the mad cow crisis and adverse weather conditions, Manitoba farmers are really taking it on the chin.’
- ‘It was disappointing, but there are a lot of players down south and very few contracts so I took it on the chin.’
- ‘He told one American newspaper: ‘I think I've learnt that I've got to accept that, take it on the chin, and move on.’’
- ‘And as it turned out, the Cuban capital took it on the chin.’
- ‘He pointed out: ‘They failed to qualify in Malaysia but took it on the chin and basically stuck with the same team and the same set-up.’’
- ‘Had Webster gone to war it would, unquestionably, have made life more difficult for his team-mates in this critical stage of the season, so he took it on the chin and maintained a dignified silence.’
- ‘But like Lex, she took it on the chin and came out winning.’
- ‘When the British Jockey Club cracked down on him for his latest misdemeanour, he took it on the chin, accepting that he deserved it, and stating that he was unlikely to return to the saddle again.’
- ‘He's hurting but he took it on the chin and he'll be back.’
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