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drubbing

[druhb-ing] /ˈdrʌb ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a beating; a sound thrashing.
2.
a decisive, humiliating defeat, as in a game or contest.
Origin of drubbing
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; drub + -ing1

drub

[druhb] /drʌb/
verb (used with object), drubbed, drubbing.
1.
to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
2.
to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
3.
to drive as if by flogging:
Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
4.
to stamp (the feet).
noun
5.
a blow with a stick or the like.
Origin
1625-35; perhaps by uncertain mediation < Arabic ḍarb blow, beating
Related forms
drubber, noun
undrubbed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for drubbing
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  • Then shall he not go without a ducking and eke a drubbing himself!

  • I fancy I had some vague notion of falling upon him and giving him a drubbing.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • According to this fact I must admit, that he deserves a drubbing.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Now and then a drubbing, but who pays any attention to such things!

    Luna Benamor Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Some of you men 'd be the better for a drubbing every day of your lives.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for drubbing

drubbing

/ˈdrʌbɪŋ/
noun
1.
a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc
2.
a comprehensive or heavy defeat, esp in a sporting competition

drub

/drʌb/
verb (transitive) drubs, drubbing, drubbed
1.
to beat as with a stick; cudgel; club
2.
to defeat utterly, as in a contest
3.
to drum or stamp (the feet)
4.
to instil with force or repetition: the master drubbed Latin into the boys
noun
5.
a blow, as from a stick
Word Origin
C17: probably from Arabic dáraba to beat
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Word Origin and History for drubbing

drub

v.

1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb "a beating," from daraba "he beat up" (see discussion in OED). Related: Drubbed; Drubbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for drubbing

drubbing

noun

Beating or total defeat: drubbing by the rival team (1760s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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