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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.
See also: get, shellac

give (someone or something) a shellacking

1. To thoroughly beat or thrash someone or something; to give someone or something rough treatment or abuse. My younger brother was always a shy, skinny kid, so schoolyard bullies often gave him a shellacking. These old sneakers really gave my feet a shellacking while we were hiking.
2. To soundly defeat or best someone or something, especially by a wide margin. Their team's inexperience showed on the field today, as a seemingly unstoppable New England team gave them a shellacking. The rival party has given them an absolute shellacking in the recent elections—they've lost nearly two thirds of their seats in Congress.
See also: give, shellac

shellacked

1. slang Severely beaten or battered; thrashed. Primarily heard in US. I walked into a rough part of town and got shellacked by a groups of thugs.
2. slang Decisively defeated or dominated. Primarily heard in US. We knew we didn't have any chance of winning the game, so our goal was not to get completely shellacked.
3. dated slang Extremely drunk; plastered. I've gotta get up early for work tomorrow, so I can't be here getting shellacked until all hours of the night.
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shellacking

1. slang A severe physical beating or thrashing. The school bullies gave Tom a shellacking after he insulted them in the hallway.
2. slang A decisive defeat or domination, as in sports. We knew we didn't have any chance of winning the game, so our goal was just to avoid a complete shellacking.
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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*shellacking

 
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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

shellac

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

shellacked

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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shellacking

n. a beating. We gave them a shellacking they’ll never forget.
See also: shellac
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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As an alternative to alcohol-based shellac glazes currently used by candy makers, water-based WPI coatings-when plasticized with sucrose-are able to provide gloss to chocolates.