One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Endure or accept misfortune courageously or stoically.
- ‘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 told one American newspaper: ‘I think I've learnt that I've got to accept that, take it on the chin, and move on.’’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘I'm just grateful that Mr Horner did the decent thing and took it on the chin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But like Lex, she took it on the chin and came out winning.’
- ‘England took it on the chin but their pain was severe.’
- ‘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's hurting but he took it on the chin and he'll be back.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘But the die-hard footie fan took it on the chin and said at least he could salvage something out of the day.’
- ‘And as it turned out, the Cuban capital took it on the chin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Connors, though heartbroken at the time, took it on the chin and set about replacing the herd.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was disappointing, but there are a lot of players down south and very few contracts so I took it on the chin.’
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