The captains all got a wigging for failing to keep us in hand; but they were powerless.
“By Jupiter, what a wigging I shall get,” whispered Dicky, in a terrible funk.
The thing had been tried more than once, and the wigging had been complete.
Yes; and the Major had you up to give you a wigging, as you call it, only yesterday.
Herr von Blow would have had a wigging, or rather he would never have gained the upper hand.
As soon as I glanced at it I saw that I was in for a wigging.
To-day Ive had a wigging for you before the whole of my company.
It saved me a wigging from Mother, for she always wants us all to keep together.
Last night Jones was simply drunk, and got a wigging, no doubt, when he found his room.
He is one of Stanton's bosses; and Stanton was in for a wigging—and got it.
1670s, shortened form of periwig. Meaning "person who wears a wig (professionally)" is from 1828. The verb meaning "to behave hysterically" (usually with out) is attested from 1955, from notion in to flip one's wig. Cf. dash my wig!, a former mild imprecation (1797), also wigs on the green (1856), Irish colloquial for "a fight or rumble" (because wigs are likely to get detached from owners in such an event).
Crazed; out of control: wigging over the big spider