Nearby words

  1. lumisterol,
  2. lumière,
  3. lumme,
  4. lummix,
  5. lummox,
  6. lump hammer,
  7. lump in one's throat,
  8. lump of sugar,
  9. lump sum,
  10. lumpectomy

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 take one's lumps

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

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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Word Origin and History for take one's lumps
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Idioms and Phrases with take 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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