American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The position in which one is subject to an often unpleasant action or effect: elderly patients on the receiving end of Medicare cutbacks.
“The boy was fiddling with objects on an end table — thimbles and thread spools — arranging them by progression of color, so smart that he had to keep occupied even while on the receiving end of a lecture.”
““So, for a start you’ve got either a crank who steals and gloats or a crank of the type of young Jones who steals to keep the swag in England or a thorough wised-up, high grade professional in touch with the top international racket And at the receiving end somebody of the nature of this Mrs. Guzmann, who’s a millionaire crank in her own right and doesn’t care how she gets her stuff.””
“People at the receiving end of a bruja’s curse understand that they have done something to deserve it; a hex only works on the guilty.”
“Not after his hefty acquaintances warned the three outraged but nonetheless compliant tamperers-with-the-laws-of-nature that if any of them so much as ventured an indecent suggestion in the officer’s direction, the improvident speaker would sooner or later find himself on the receiving end of a midnight visit from all three of the … visitants.”
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