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get 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 got a shellacking from schoolyard bullies. My feet have gotten 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 field today, as they got a shellacking from the New England Patriots. Their party got an absolute shellacking in the recent elections, losing nearly two thirds of their seats in Congress.
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