shellacking


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*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.
See also: shellac

shellacking

n. a beating. We gave them a shellacking they’ll never forget.
See also: shellac
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We needed to respond to that shellacking at their place,'' Brand said, ``and we didn't do it.
A WIN KEEPS THE LAKERS FROM RETURNING TO PHOENIX, SITE OF THE GAME 5 SHELLACKING.
Jones tried to shake off that shellacking by coming back just four months and 10 days later to challenge Glen Johnson for his International Boxing Federation light heavyweight championship.
UCLA has won its past three Pac-10 openers, including a 46-16 shellacking of Washington last season at the Rose Bowl.
The sellout crowd of 35,040 roared when highlights of the Yanks' 22-0 shellacking by Cleveland appeared on the video board.
In their most recent shellacking at the hands of the Quakes, JetHawks starter Sam Smith (5-5) was chased from the game in an eight-run fifth, when Rancho Cucamonga snapped a 3-3 game.