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shellacking

[shuh-lak-ing] /ʃəˈlæk ɪŋ/
noun, Slang.
1.
an utter defeat:
a shellacking their team will remember.
2.
a sound thrashing:
His father gave him a shellacking for stealing the book.
Origin of shellacking
1880-1885
1880-85; shellac + -ing1

shellac

or shellack

[shuh-lak] /ʃəˈlæk/
noun
1.
lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish.
2.
a varnish (shellac varnish) made by dissolving this material in alcohol or a similar solvent.
3.
a phonograph record made of a breakable material containing shellac, especially one to be played at 78 r.p.m.:
an LP that can hold nearly 10 times as much as the old shellac.
verb (used with object), shellacked, shellacking.
4.
to coat or treat with shellac.
5.
Slang.
  1. to defeat; trounce.
  2. to thrash soundly.
Origin
1705-15; shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles lac in thin plates
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  • On no account finally connect up the battery to a circuit when shellacking the wire.

    Electric Gas Lighting Norman H. Schneider
  • By repeated oiling and shellacking one produces a French polish that is very durable and elastic.

  • shellacking of covers has been advocated by some librarians, but it is doubtful if it pays.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for shellacking

shellacking

/ʃəˈlækɪŋ; ˈʃɛlækɪŋ/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a complete defeat; a sound beating: anyone who gives a shellacking to their bigger neighbours

shellac

/ʃəˈlæk; ˈʃɛlæk/
noun
1.
a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
2.
Also called shellac varnish. a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
3.
a gramophone record based on shellac
verb (transitive) -lacs, -lacking, -lacked
4.
to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
5.
(US, slang) to defeat completely
Derived Forms
shellacker, noun
Word Origin
C18: shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates
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Word Origin and History for shellacking

shellac

n.

1713, from shell (n.) + lac (see lacquer). Translates French laque en écailles "lac in thin plates."

v.

1876, from shellack (n.). The slang sense of "beat soundly" is 1920s, perhaps from the notion of shellac as a "finish." Shellacked "drunk" is from 1922 (cf. plastered). Related: Shellacking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shellacking

shellacking

noun

  1. A beating: ''Shellacking'' and numerous other phrases are employed by the police as euphemisms
  2. A decisive defeat; a drubbing; an utter rout: Should Black take a shellacking, the National Leaguers are in bad trouble (1931+)

shellac

verb

To defeat decisively; trounce; clobber: The Giants were shellacked again Monday

[1930+ Sports; perhaps fr the use of shellac as a finish]

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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Idioms and Phrases with shellacking

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