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