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take a shellacking

1. To be thoroughly beaten or thrashed; to suffer rough treatment or abuse. My younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid who often took a shellacking from schoolyard bullies. My feet have taken a shellacking from hiking in these old sneakers.
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 shellacking from the powerful squad from New Zealand.
See also: shellac, take


1. Fig. a physical beating. (*Typically: get ~; take ~; give someone ~.) The boxer took a shellacking and lost the fight. I got a shellacking when I broke the window.
2. Fig. a beating—as in sports. (*Typically: get ~; take ~; give someone ~.) Our team played well, but got a shellacking anyway. I practiced my tennis game so I wouldn't take a shellacking in the tournament.
See also: shellac

take a shellacking

Be soundly beaten or defeated, as in Our team took quite a shellacking last night. Why being coated with shellac should suggest defeat is not clear. [Slang; c. 1930]
See also: shellac, take


tv. to beat someone; to outscore someone. (see also shellacked, shellacking.) We’re gonna shellac those bums Friday night.


1. mod. beaten; outscored. They were shellacked, and they knew it.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated; overcome by booze. Ernie was so shellacked he couldn’t see.
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n. a beating. We gave them a shellacking they’ll never forget.
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However, with the amount of plasticizer currently used, the gloss level is lower than that provided to candies by shellac.
Tests with reformulated shellac and sucrose ester show that not only do these coatings support growth of some helpful bacteria and yeasts, they also appear to prevent development of off-flavors in fruit by allowing for a better gaseous exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide than commercial chemicals permit.
With an adult's supervision, lightly brush shellac or another finish over your picture.
The former is related to Moses' discovery of Malevitch and Cubism, the latter to his discovery of the Rorschach test, and both signal his penchant for material experimentation, as his use of crushed newspaper, shellac, and wood in Dalton's Waffle, 1960, and resin in III.
Materials: 1 large apple, peeled 4 cups water 1/2 cup salt Shellac or varnish Paintbrush Dressmaker's pins 2 beads or small buttons Straw or yarn (cut into 4-inch strands)
Many companies coated their tablets with shellac, which resists stomach acid.
An alcohol flame for melting, works best, as no soot or impurities are transferred to the shellac.
Emphasizing Instanute DR product range Dario Luini, Area Manager Ideal Cures Europe, and also one of the inventor of the product mentioned that presently in Europe delayed release or enteric release is achieved by use of Shellac or Starch based product and there is no fully ready to use material available for industry.
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But before he made a name for himself behind the mixing desk, Albini, right, was a fine musician in his own right leading bands such as Big Black and, later, Shellac.