- a beating; a sound thrashing.
- a decisive, humiliating defeat, as in a game or contest.
Origin of drubbing
- to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
- to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
- to drive as if by flogging: Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
- to stamp (the feet).
- a blow with a stick or the like.
Origin of drub
Examples from the Web for drubbing
Her Food Network-colleague Guy Fieri opened a new restaurant and Times Square and received a drubbing in The New York Times.Chopped? Amanda Freitag Hopes Not
February 4, 2014
She took a drubbing, fielding accusations of self-aggrandizement from the financial press and fans alike.Can Suze Orman Save America?
November 10, 2013
The Republican senator took a drubbing in his own state from Democratic strategist Pat Caddell.Burn! Sen. Lindsey Graham, ‘Leader of the Surrender Caucus’
September 10, 2013
After the drubbing I gave James Turrell's Guggenheim mess, it's a pleasure to have found a Light And Space work I can get behind.Art at the Scrim-age Line
July 22, 2013
And conversely, how will Obama recover from this creaming, this drubbing at the hands of a man he despises?Was That Obama’s Dud Double Who Lost the Debate to Romney?
October 4, 2012
Then shall he not go without a ducking and eke a drubbing himself!The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
I fancy I had some vague notion of falling upon him and giving him a drubbing.Heart of Darkness
According to this fact I must admit, that he deserves a drubbing.Foma Gordyeff
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
- a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc
- a comprehensive or heavy defeat, esp in a sporting competition
- to beat as with a stick; cudgel; club
- to defeat utterly, as in a contest
- to drum or stamp (the feet)
- to instil with force or repetitionthe master drubbed Latin into the boys
- a blow, as from a stick
Word Origin and History for drubbing
1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb "a beating," from daraba "he beat up" (see discussion in OED). Related: Drubbed; Drubbing.