Takes some beating

What is the meaning of the phrase ‘Takes some beating’?

Would require considerable effort to match or exceed.

What is the origin of the phrase ‘Takes some beating’?

Unfortunately, since the use of this phrase has been so widespread, on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s still very hard to determine what its true origin is in terms of where and when it first came into use.

There is some speculation that the phrase is derived from the concept of ‘beating’ in a literal sense, such as in boxing matches and other physical fights, but this cannot be confirmed.

What are some notable uses of the phrase ‘Takes some beating’?

This is just the sort of phrase that comes up a lot in sports commentary. For example in football: “Lionel Messi’s dribbling skills take some beating; he navigates through defenders with incredible ease.” And in tennis: “Roger Federer’s record at Wimbledon takes some beating, with numerous titles and memorable matches.”

However, you may also see the phrase crop up in tech reviews, and political commentary. For example, The Washington Post was once quoted as saying “In terms of diplomatic achievements, this peace accord takes some beating; it has been hailed as a historic step towards regional stability.”

Similarly, famous chef Gordon Ramsay was once quoted as saying “That steak I had in Buenos Aires takes some beating; it was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right.”

You may also see or hear the phrase used in the entertainment industry to describe performances, or in travel blogs to describe scenery, or in the betting industry.

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Cari Mayhew

Lifelong learner, phrase fanatic, and lover of literature across multiple genres. Cari Mayhew has a passion for expression, and a keen curiosity for how phrases begin and how their use transforms over time. She is often found looking for the ideal idiom to convey her thoughts and musings.