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receiving end

the position in which one is subject to some kind of action or effect, especially 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.
Origin of receiving end
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is a hard blow to take and I wouldn't care to be on the receiving end, myself.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • When one appears on the screen, he pulls the trigger,—and you "click it" if you happen to be on the other or receiving end.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • That means that the receiving end will have the pleasure of handling one hundred times the energy concentration.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • It meant that the sender wished to know if the burden of his message was being fully sensed by the one at the receiving end.

  • They were to be on the receiving end of their own type of work.

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