Idiom: on the receiving end
Idiom: on the receiving end (of something)
- getting the undesired or unpleasant effects of something
- 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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