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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
Then, forced to start rookie quarterback Connor Cook after then-backup Matt McGloin was hurt in Week 17, they were drubbed in their playoff game at Houston.
David Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single between a bizarre pair of seventh-inning stretches, and the Pittsburgh Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 Sunday.
UW-La Crosse 45, UW-Eau Claire 14: Tarek Yaeggi threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns as the host Eagles (5-0, 2-0 WIAC) drubbed the Blugolds (1-4, 0-2).
The Tigers just lost at home to Troy, while the Bulldogs have been outscored 80–13 since drubbing LSU.
The Tigers drubbed Texas A
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.
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.
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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
Synonymsbash, baste, bat, batter, belabor, belt, birch, bludgeon, buffet, bung up, club, curry, do, beat, fib [British], flog, hammer, hide, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lash, lather, lick, maul, mess (up), paddle, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, punch out, rough (up), slate, slog, switch, tan, thrash, thresh, thump, tromp, wallop, whale, whip, whop (or whap), whup, work over
Related Wordsassail, 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; blackjack, cane, cowhide, flagellate, fustigate, horsewhip, leather, pistol-whip, rawhide, scourge, strap; gore, lacerate, wound; maim, mangle, mutilate
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