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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.
Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single after things went a little haywire, and the Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 Sunday.
The lineup drubbed St. Louis starter Michael Wacha and produced four runs in the third.
The former Beatle, who has a small part in the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,' wrote, produced, scored and played himself in 1984's critically drubbed 'Give My Regards to Broad Street.'
Televisions hanging throughout the concourse were tuned to the game, the wine- and craft-beer-sipping crowd ooh-ing and ahh-ing as the Cavs drubbed the Boston Celtics.
The Astros drubbed the Rangers 10-1 Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park and are a win from sweeping the four-game series.
Less than 24 hours after they were drubbed by the Tigers 19-9, losing both Felix Hernandez and Mitch Haniger to injuries, the Mariners had to try and regroup with roster reinforcements to replace what was lost and what wasn’t working.
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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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