a beating; a sound thrashing.
a decisive, humiliating defeat, as in a game or contest.
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How to use drubbing in a sentence
While the city’s crime stats tell a more nuanced story, the perception was everything, and Boudin was on track for a 20-percentage-point drubbing.California Democrats Were in a NIMBY Mood on Tuesday | Philip Elliott | June 8, 2022 | TIme
Although the hearing was meant to focus on misinformation, it became an all-hands drubbing of the CEOs over everything from their market dominance to the fate of a local Republican party organization’s Facebook page.Jack Dorsey is leaving Mark Zuckerberg to fight Section 230 alone | Nicolás Rivero | March 25, 2021 | Quartz
A spectacular drubbing would have been better, but simply collecting victories keeps the Aggies in the playoff picture for another week.College football winners and losers: Pac-12 playoff hopes disappear with Oregon’s loss | Patrick Stevens | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
He just wanted to bring the drubbing San Diego Republicans had experienced into relief.Politics Report: Winners and Losers Special Edition | Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts | November 7, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Her Food Network-colleague Guy Fieri opened a new restaurant and Times Square and received a drubbing in The New York Times.
She took a drubbing, fielding accusations of self-aggrandizement from the financial press and fans alike.
The Republican senator took a drubbing in his own state from Democratic strategist Pat Caddell.Burn! Sen. Lindsey Graham, ‘Leader of the Surrender Caucus’ | David Catanese | September 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
Last week, after rounds of critical drubbing, Lazaro landed in the top three.
I want Thatcher to have his way in that convention, naming the ticket as far as he pleases, and appearing to give me a drubbing.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
He would have handed me a merciless drubbing if he had caught me, with my nether end hanging helplessly on the outside.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
Go to him there, and you'll find him perched on a stool, and a good drubbing won't hurt him.Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
He gave young McKenzie a severe drubbing and the latter had to go home with his clothes torn and his nose bleeding.The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
I want to see you give that big brute the drubbing he merits, so he will keep still for a while.Frank Merriwell's Chums | Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for drubbing
a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc
a comprehensive or heavy defeat, esp in a sporting competition
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