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receiving end

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noun
  1. the position in which one is subject to some kind of action or effect, especially an unpleasant one (usually used in the phrase at or on the receiving end): The corporation is on the receiving end of many complaints about its advertising.

Origin of receiving end

First recorded in 1930–35
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Historical Examples

  • When in operation a strip of paper was made to move under an iron stylus at the receiving-end of the line.

    Electricity and Magnetism

    Elisha Gray

  • At the receiving-end a wire of corresponding height is erected, also connected with the earth.

  • At the receiving-end a wire starting from the earth extended into the air, passing through a telephone, which acted as a receiver.