- shell steak,
- shell suit,
Origin of shellacking
verb (used with object), shel·lacked, shel·lack·ing.
- to defeat; trounce.
- to thrash soundly.
Origin of shellac
Examples from the Web for shellacking
In 2010, when Democrats lost the House, Obama called it a “shellacking.”In Press Conference, Obama Turns Conciliatory—Mostly|Eleanor Clift|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Paul, the shellacking is even worse, with Clinton beating him by 11 points overall and by 28 points with the kids.
Many politicians who had taken a shellacking would retreat to their home base and start rebuilding a career.Mitt Romney’s Fast Fade After Losing the 2012 Presidential Race|Lauren Ashburn|November 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
After 2010 shellacking, Democrats belatedly embrace super PACs.Democrats Belatedly Find the Benefits of Citizens United|Ben Jacobs|March 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But that means he will have to outmaneuver a president determined to avenge the shellacking that handed Boehner the gavel.
By repeated oiling and shellacking one produces a French polish that is very durable and elastic.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
On no account finally connect up the battery to a circuit when shellacking the wire.Electric Gas Lighting|Norman H. Schneider
Shellacking of covers has been advocated by some librarians, but it is doubtful if it pays.Library Bookbinding|Arthur Low Bailey
verb -lacs, -lacking or -lacked (tr)
Word Origin for shellac
see take a shellacking.