take a bath



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take a bath (third-person singular simple present takes a bath, present participle taking a bath, simple past took a bath, past participle taken a bath)

  1. To bathe.
    She told the children to take a bath and wash off the mud and grime.
    • 2009, Peter Sander, Jennifer Sander, 573 Ways to Save Money: Save the Cost of This Book Many Times Over in Less than a Day!, page 211,
      Take a bath with fragrant herbs.
  2. (idiomatic) To lose a large amount of money in an investment.
    Shareholders took a bath when the company went bankrupt.
    • 1983 December, ‘Look before you leap into a commodity pool’, in Kiplinger's Personal Finance, page 74,
      In the high-risk world of futures contracts, pooling the risks could be just another way to take a bath.
    • 2009, John Burley, Money Secrets of the Rich: Learn the 7 Secrets to Financial Freedom[1], page 163:
      The lenders took a bath because they had to honor fixed rate loans of 5 to 10% while borrowing money at 15 to 20% to fund them.
    • 2009, William J. O'Neil, How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad[2], page 235:
      The fastest way to take a bath in the stock market is to try to prove that you are right and the market is wrong.