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
First Known Use of shellacking
SHELLACKING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shellacking for English Language Learners
: a very bad defeat
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up shellacking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).