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take a drubbing

1. To be thoroughly beaten or thrashed. My younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid who often took a drubbing from schoolyard bullies.
2. To be soundly defeated or bested; to lose by a wide margin. Their team's inexperience showed on the pitch today, as they took a drubbing from the powerful squad from New Zealand.
3. To suffer severe losses or setbacks. The stock market took a drubbing over the weekend after fears of Greece's exit from the Eurozone. My efforts to get my PhD have taken a drubbing over the last couple of years, but I'm still determined to see it through.
4. To be very strongly rebuked, criticized, or condemned. The giant supermarket chain has taken a drubbing lately over allegations that they've been threatening local shops and markets. Mark sure took a drubbing because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
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As well as defeat to Gloucester last season Biarritz were beaten by 21-17 Cardiff, who went on to the semifinals, while the 2007-08 season brought narrow defeat in Glasgow and a drubbing by Saracens in the final game.
Division One saw Tudor Motors race home to an 8-2 drubbing of The Walkers, as Chris Hooper starred, and Gareth Nation was in fine form for Liz FC as they cruised through 4-1 against Warriors.
Arsenal were eager to erase the memory of their drubbing at White Hart Lane in midweek when their arch rivals marched on to Wembley.
Meanwhile, in India's southern Tamil Nadu state the ruling party--which had backed an anti-conversion bill--received an electoral drubbing, falling back to 69 seats out of 234 (ENI, P.
The Blues looked down and out after the drubbing but have hit back to earn five points from their last three games to move out of the Premiership's bottom three for the first time in six months.
One polyp, nicknamed Stumpy, took such a drubbing that when it retreated to its home patch, it was attacked by its own team.
Fine performances from both sides set up the final, but it failed to live up to expectations as the Falcons collapsed to a 31-5 drubbing.
After their drubbing by an innings and 111 runs by England in the second Test at Edgbaston, Sri Lanka suffered further embarrassment, being skittled for only 127 in 35.
Q ratings proved the potential for the show's ultimate success, despite the public drubbing the pilot received.
They were hammered by Antrim last week in London and will get another drubbing today.
Plaintiffs' lawyers took a drubbing at the conference.
After the critical drubbing their biennial took for being so stridently PC (the contentiousness dependably surrounding each biennial kept attendance up), the museum went for more apolitical grunge in '95.
OXFORD avenged their 4-1December drubbing at the County Ground, but made heavy weather of their Manor Ground victory over their Wiltshire neighbours.
The new labor history (now over twenty years old) has come in for a drubbing lately by many of the field's younger scholars.
Perhaps as a result, the company received a critical drubbing that must have taken it aback.