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shellacking

[ shuh-lak-ing ]
/ ʃəˈlæk ɪŋ /
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Definition of shellacking

noun Slang.
an utter defeat: a shellacking their team will remember.
a sound thrashing: His father gave him a shellacking for stealing the book.
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Origin of shellacking

First recorded in 1880–85; shellac + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for shellacking

shellacking
/ (ʃəˈlækɪŋ, ˈʃɛlækɪŋ) /

noun
slang, mainly US and Canadian a complete defeat; a sound beatinganyone who gives a shellacking to their bigger neighbours
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shellacking

shellacking

see take a shellacking.

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