Idiom:  on the receiving end


Idiom:  on the receiving end (of something)

  • getting the undesired or unpleasant effects of something

Example sentences

  • When I worked for John, I was on the receiving end of his cruel criticism too many times.
  • I'm sorry you were on the receiving end of that client's complaint. If anyone else yells at you, call me immediately.
  • I've been on the receiving end of our manager's outbursts for months, so today I yelled back at him and he was shocked.
  • Postal workers are frequently on the receiving end of complaints, but it's not their fault that there aren't enough people working there.
  • My husband always teases people but hates being on the receiving end when other people joke around with him.
  • The interview was a really difficult. I'm not used to being on the receiving end of a lot of difficult questions by several people at once.
  • I met my girlfriend's father last night and I didn't expect to be on the receiving end of such serious questions since we've only been dating two months.
  • When I was traveling overseas I was on the receiving end of a lot of negative comments about the Trump administration.

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