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a shellacking meaning

  • [American slang]
    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.

Examples

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  1. i might have been willing to take a shellacking in this publicity spree of yours
  2. .. . i might have been willing to take a shellacking in this publicity spree of yours
  3. One month in, the Serbs have taken a shellacking.
  4. They had been taking a shellacking on the budget fight with President Clinton.
  5. And unions are taking a shellacking in many places.

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