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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 last time the two countries met in a competitive match, Spain drubbed Russia 3 to 0.
Justin would drub his opponents by day and ask them to join his family for dinner that night.
East, the Cook Inlet Conference champion and the runnerup to South in each of the last two state tournaments, emerged undefeated in pool play by drubbing West Valley 10-1.
The move came hours after the Rangers were drubbed, 5-0, in Philadelphia and finished last in the Metropolitan Division at 34-39-9, their worst season since 2004.
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down a pair of Game 2s that saw the Cavaliers drub the Raptors and the Celtics stage a huge rally to beat the 76ers.
The 2011 Yankees drubbed him for eight runs and eight hits during Duffy’s rookie campaign.
After drubbing the Heat 104—91 on the strength of an overwhelming third-quarter run, Philly is off to the second round and waiting on its opponent to show up.
The larger point is Erik Spoelstra rightfully pointing out the Heat are getting drubbed on the boards even without Joel Embiid, who averaged 11 rebounds for sixth in the league this year.
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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."
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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