receiving end
noun Date: 1937 the position of being a recipient or especially a victim — usually used in the phrase on the receiving end

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  • receiving end — the position in which one is subject to some kind of action or effect, esp. an unpleasant one (usually used in the phrase at or on the receiving end): The corporation is on the receiving end of many complaints about its advertising. [1930 35] * * …   Universalium

  • receiving end — the position in which one is subject to some kind of action or effect, esp. an unpleasant one (usually used in the phrase at or on the receiving end): The corporation is on the receiving end of many complaints about its advertising. [1930 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • receiving end — receiv′ing end n. cvb the position in which one is subject to some action or effect, esp. an unpleasant one (usu. used in the phrase at or on the receiving end) • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • The Receiving End of Sirens — Infobox musical artist Name = The Receiving End Of Sirens Img capt = L to R: Brendan Brown, Casey Crescenzo, Alex Bars, Nate Patterson, Andrew Cook Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = TREOS The Red Eye Of Soromon Origin =… …   Wikipedia

  • on/at the receiving end — see ↑receive • • • Main Entry: ↑end on/at the receiving end ◇ If you are on/at the receiving end of something bad or unpleasant, you are the person it is directed at. It s not often that I find myself on the receiving end of such insults. • • •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • be at the receiving end — be at/on the receiving end if you are on the receiving end of something unpleasant that someone does, you suffer because of it. Sales assistants are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse from customers. (usually + of) …   New idioms dictionary

  • be on the receiving end — be at/on the receiving end if you are on the receiving end of something unpleasant that someone does, you suffer because of it. Sales assistants are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse from customers. (usually + of) …   New idioms dictionary

  • at the receiving end (of something) — at/on/the receiving end (of something) phrase affected by something unpleasant You don’t want to be on the receiving end of her anger! Thesaurus: in a difficult situationsynonym Main entry: receive …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the receiving end (of something) — at/on/the receiving end (of something) phrase affected by something unpleasant You don’t want to be on the receiving end of her anger! Thesaurus: in a difficult situationsynonym Main entry: receive …   Useful english dictionary

  • be at the receiving end — be at (or on) the receiving end be the person to whom a telephone call is made ■ informal be subjected to something unpleasant she found herself on the receiving end of a good deal of teasing …   Useful english dictionary

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