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Examples of drub in a Sentence
a crowd was drubbing the purse snatcher when the police arrived on the scene
we drubbed our traditional football rivals so badly that it was basically no contest
Recent Examples of drub from the Web
The victory also allowed Xavier a measure of revenge after it was drubbed in two meetings last season against Marquette.
The Saints were drubbed 4–1 by Leicester on Wednesday.
The small family drama was drubbed by critics, which set off a small panic in the Star Wars fandom.
But even if the tax bill doesn’t help them politically, the Democrats are still expected to drub the Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.
The Lions wound up drubbing the Bears 20-10 at Ford Field, ensuring the Bears (4-10) will finish with double-digit losses for the fourth consecutive season and the 10th time in the last 21 years.
The purpose of the gesture may have been lost in the translation, but there’s no denying that the the Ravens provided the home crowd with plenty to boo about while getting drubbed 26-9 by their arch rivals.
The two played last year, and Ohio State drubbed the Sooners in Norman 45-24.
Since then, Kluber has kept up the great work while Sale has been drubbed twice.
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Did You Know?
Sportswriters often use drub, but the term's history reveals that it wasn't always a sporting word. When drub was first used in English, it referred to a method of punishment that involved beating the soles of a culprit's feet with a stick or cudgel. The term was apparently brought to England in the 17th century by travelers who reported observing the punitive practice in Asia. Etymologists are uncertain of the ultimate origin of drub, but some have speculated that it may have evolved from the Arabic word daraba, meaning "to beat."
Origin and Etymology of drub
First Known Use: 1634See Words from the same year
bash, bat, batter, beat, belabor, belt, birch, bludgeon, buffet, bung up, club, flog, hammer, hide, lace, lash, lick, maul, mess (up), paddle, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, punch out, rough (up), slate, slog, switch, tan, thrash, thresh, thump, wallop, whale, whip, whop (or whap), whup, work over;
assail, assault, attack, beset, box, bust, chop, clobber, clout, crack, cudgel, cuff, descend (on or upon), hit, jump (on), knock, lam, lay on, paste, pounce (on or upon), punch, raid, rush, slam, slap, smack, smash, sock, spank, storm, swat, swipe, thwack, whack, wham, whomp;
beat up on;
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