past·​ing ˈpā-stiŋ How to pronounce pasting (audio)
plural pastings
: a severe beating
But after a nasty confrontation, Phil … discovers the truth—that his son got the bruises when boys at school gave him a pasting.Daily Star
(figurative) Those who today complain about the "unprecedented" attack on religious conservatives forget Mencken's treatment of Southern fundamentalists, and then there were his pastings of Rotarians, professors and FDR.Dave Shiflett
: a dominating defeat of an opponent
… have won seven of nine since then, including a 12-1 pasting of the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field.George Willis
… rushed for six touchdowns in Colorado's 62-36 pasting of second-ranked Nebraska.Austin Murphy

Examples of pasting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Freak results against teams of a lower standard can happen and Wolves are clearly no mugs-having handed Chelsea a 2-4 pasting at Stamford Bridge a few weeks back-but what will concern Postecoglou is how Gary O’Neill’s side seemed to have figured out a way to probe Spurs vulnerabilities. Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 More than a decade later, the artist has amassed an inventory of thousands of his signature pink sheep, from palm-sized stickers slapped on lamp posts on Melrose Avenue to wheat pastings on walls along Hollywood Boulevard. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 However, the enactment of such a regulation in the US is more than just cutting and pasting of the EU’s and IFRS’s existing work. Jon McGowan, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 On a warm and wet Saturday afternoon at the Bounce House, the football gods shined brightly on the Knights in an eye-opening 45-3 pasting of what was No. 15 Oklahoma State. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2023 After sitting out three games due to a swollen thumb, Sosa hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the Cubs’ 10-2 pasting of the Florida Marlins. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 The win followed a pasting of the Red Wings in which Jeremy Swayman picked up his second win of the season. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 28 Oct. 2022 But then the nation of 340 million posted a pair of 6-0 pastings against even smaller island nations, St. Kitts and Nevis (population 54,817) and Trinidad and Tobago (1.4 million). Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2023 The clipboard manager is so fundamental to the operating system that cutting, copying, and pasting are probably the first three basic computer commands that most people learn. Toby Grey, BGR, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pasting was in 1851

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“Pasting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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