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Definition of shellacking

: a decisive defeat : drubbing

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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

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But when Ramirez handed it off to Alcantara in the eighth, the Tigers were only trailing by a run and had saved their bullpen a day after four relievers combined to throw 102 pitches in a 13-4 shellacking. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Maybe it's time for tough love for young Detroit Tigers," 16 June 2019 One of those wins came against Sherman, a 476-364 shellacking in the 21st round in which the world’s pre-eminent Scrabble genius appropriately took an early lead by playing EINSTEIN. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "A Scrabble Champion’s Spellbinding Comeback," 10 Aug. 2018 Additionally, the Republicans who remain after a shellacking will be far more pro-Trump. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 Unlike so many other designer monographs, there’s no shellacking of brand identity here, the bland self-preservation of commercial necessity. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Roland Mouret’s New Book About His Life and Work Brings His Past Right Here Into the Present," 6 Nov. 2018 Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw at home against the struggling Potters, who they were expected to run through their weekend opposition after their shellacking of AS Roma on Wednesday., "'Needs a Loan': Reds Fans Go in on Liverpool Defender Following Questionable Outing Against Stoke," 28 Apr. 2018 Stewart’s approach unnerves Republicans who haven’t won a statewide race since 2009 and watched their party take a shellacking at the polls in 2017, in a massive backlash to President Trump. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "A state lawmaker gives Corey Stewart competition for GOP Senate nomination," 9 Mar. 2018 While that finish had adrenaline flowing for participants and spectators alike, the Brewers’ 9-0 shellacking by the Pirates on Sunday had all the drama and suspense of a quilting bee. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With seven shutouts already, Brewers offense has not lived up to preseason expectations," 6 May 2018 The Tigers' 31-point shellacking of Auburn set an NCAA tourney record for margin of victory. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams based on national title potential," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of shellacking

1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shellacking

US, informal : a very bad defeat

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