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    take a hit

    Hello,

    I heard the expression, "The economy has taken a hit."

    Does that mean something has taken a toll on the economy?

    Thanks a lot for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Tony

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    Re: take a hit

    Hello Tony,

    That's a good interpretation.

    The metaphor is military. If you "take a hit", you are like an aircraft carrier, armoured car, small jeep, etc. that has been hit by a missile.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: take a hit

    Thanks for your quick reply.

    I have a question on another expression that sounds similar to the previous expression. "take the heat."

    Is it like "take the blame for something?"

    Could you explain what that expression means and how it is used, and give me an example/sample sentence?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Sincerely,

    Tony

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    Re: take a hit

    Quote Originally Posted by fakaki View Post
    Thanks for your quick reply.

    I have a question on another expression that sounds similar to the previous expression. "take the heat."

    Is it like "take the blame for something?"

    Could you explain what that expression means and how it is used, and give me an example/sample sentence?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Sincerely,

    Tony
    Yes, that's a good explanation - "to take the heat" means to "take the blame", or to "take the pressure/punishment/censure" for an action.

    Some examples:

    "This is a group decision, and if it goes wrong, we'll all take the heat equally."

    "I'm the team manager, and I'm the one who takes the heat from the press when you lot don't score the goals you should be scoring!"

    "I'm taking a lot of heat from the managers upstairs because we are behind schedule, guys - can we hurry up with this project?"

    "If the teacher catches us skiving, I'll take the heat and say it was my idea."

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