One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Submit to something disagreeable such as punishment.
accept one's punishment, take the consequences of one's actionsView synonyms
- ‘If he didn't then he should come clean and take his medicine as he so sanctimoniously advises all his politician friends to do.’
- ‘You made a call, acknowledged it was probably wrong and took your medicine with grace.’
- ‘Considering the gravity of the previous night's debacle, we thought it a good idea to return to the scene of the crime, just to see how they took their medicine.’
- ‘Yet loyal to the last, Scotland's fans are prepared to take their medicine.’
- ‘But he should write a fulsome letter of apology to the tour officials concerned, and just take his medicine.’
- ‘Gareth took his medicine and responded with a tremendous performance - the way you would expect a professional to do.’
- ‘So I took my medicine and I'm on probation now for three years.’
- ‘As long as we have a hearing and are treated fairly, we will take our medicine.’
- ‘And he took his medicine, and learned from his mistakes, and didn't take his wounded ego to the media.’
- ‘He had an affair with a blonde teenager but took his medicine and kept his marriage together.’
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