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take heat

verb phrase

To endure punishment, complaints, etc: I took a lot of heat and I stayed in the kitchen/ They think they're taking the heat for being unaware and not doing anything

[1940s+; fr if you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen, attributed to President Harry S Truman]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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