Idioms

    get/take one's lumps, to receive or endure hardship, punishment, criticism, etc.: Without its star pitcher, the baseball team will get its lumps today.

Origin of lump

1
1250–1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block
Related formslump·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for get one's lumps (1 of 2)

lump

1
/ (lʌmp) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for lump

C13: probably related to early Dutch lompe piece, Scandinavian dialect lump block, Middle High German lumpe rag

British Dictionary definitions for get one's lumps (2 of 2)

lump

2
/ (lʌmp) /

verb

(tr) informal to tolerate or put up with; endure (in the phrase lump it)

Word Origin for lump

C16: origin uncertain
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Idioms and Phrases with get one's lumps

lump


In addition to the idiom beginning with lump

  • lump in one's throat

also see:

  • like it or lump it
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