a beating, defeat. A humorous borrow-ing of the standard term meaning to slap on shellac, a resin used for varnish-ing and insulation. The slang sense arose in the USA where it is still heard; it is not unknown in
British speech.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • shellacking — [shə lak′iŋ] n. Slang ☆ 1. a whipping; flogging; beating ☆ 2. a thorough defeat …   English World dictionary

  • shellacking — n. beating (colloq.) (AE) 1) to give smb. a shellacking 2) to get, take a shellacking * * * [ʃə lækɪŋ] take a shellacking [ beating ] (colloq.) (AE) to give smb. a shellacking to get …   Combinatory dictionary

  • shellacking — shəˈlakiŋ noun ( s) Etymology: from gerund of shellac (II) : a decisive or ignominious defeat : beating, drubbing a shellacking he received that made him hors de combat after nine rounds Nat Fleischer …   Useful english dictionary

  • shellacking — /sheuh lak ing/, n. Slang. 1. an utter defeat: a shellacking their team will remember. 2. a sound thrashing: His father gave him a shellacking for stealing the book. [1880 85; SHELLAC + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • shellacking — n. a beating. □ We gave them a shellacking they’ll never forget. □ Our team took a real shellacking …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • shellacking — noun A heavy defeat, drubbing, or beating; used particularly in sports and political contexts. The News baseball team defeated the Press Guardian outfit, 8 to 4, in a recent game, which squares accounts for the shellacking the News received a… …   Wiktionary

  • shellacking — To beat by a large margin. to thrash Collingwood gave Carlton a shellacking …   Dictionary of american slang

  • shellacking — noun (singular) AmE informal a situation in which you are severely defeated or criticized: The Chargers got a shellacking in the Superbowl …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shellacking — noun Date: 1931 a decisive defeat ; drubbing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shellacking — Synonyms and related words: beating, calcimining, clobbering, coating, covering, crushing defeat, debacle, decisive defeat, defeasance, drubbing, enameling, fresco, gilding, glazing, glossing, japanning, licking, no contest, overthrow,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Shellacking — complete defeat …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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