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To be criticized - thesaurus


come under fire

to be criticized

take a hit

to be criticized

come in for

to receive something such as criticism

be in/out of the firing line

to be in a position/not be in a position where people can blame you or criticize you

draw fire

to be severely criticized

in the line of fire

if you are in the line of fire, you are the person who is likely to be criticized for something

under siege

being criticized or attacked by a lot of different people at the same time

get it in the neck

to be criticized or punished

face the music

to accept punishment or criticism for something you have done wrong

be called on the carpet

to be criticized by someone in authority

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be the butt of something

if you are the butt of jokes or criticism, people often make jokes about you or criticize you

be thrown/tossed/fed to the lions

to be put in a very unpleasant situation, in which people criticize you or treat you badly



to receive complaints or criticism

in the lion’s den

in a situation where you are with a lot of people who criticize or attack you

take a beating

to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized

take your lumps

to receive criticism or punishment without letting it harm you

under the cosh

Britishinformal experiencing difficulty or criticism



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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