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take it on the chin

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Suffer adversity or defeat, as in Paul really took it on the chin today when he got fired for missing a deadline. This idiom alludes to taking a physical blow on the chin. [First half of 1900s]

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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