shel·​lack·​ing | \ shə-ˈla-kiŋ How to pronounce shellacking (audio) \

Definition of shellacking

: a decisive defeat : drubbing

Examples of shellacking in a Sentence

They took a shellacking in yesterday's game. suffered a shellacking at the hands of a vastly superior opposition
Recent Examples on the Web In addition, House Democrats appear poised for a shellacking this fall, which would mean Ms. Pelosi would have to hand over the speaker’s gavel, 35 years into her congressional career. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Like its peers, Apple stock has taken a shellacking during the current bear market. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The momentum the Angels generated with their 11-run, 15-hit shellacking of the New York Mets on Saturday flowed right into Sunday, the Angels racking up four hits and scoring once in the first inning of the series finale. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Younger workers should be thrilled that bonds got a shellacking. William Baldwin, Forbes, 16 June 2022 In what could properly be described as a shellacking, Kemp came out on top of former Sen. David Perdue. Averi Harper, ABC News, 25 May 2022 In a 13-6 shellacking by the Astros on Friday, Trout and Rendon were both removed before the eighth inning, with the score already at 12-2, to avoid the risk of injury. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 It has been overshadowed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and obscured by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, but Democratic leaders are debating how to avoid a shellacking this fall. Karl Rove, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 The shellacking came as the Bulls were in the midst of a tailspin, and Milwaukee was without Khris Middleton. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shellacking

1931, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Shellacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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