shel·​lack·​ing | \shə-ˈla-kiŋ \

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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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 Ball State at Ohio, Oct. 25 — The Bobcats are coming off a 9-4 season, a Bahamas Bowl shellacking of UAB (41-6) and return dual threat QB Nathan Rourke and 1,000-yard rusher A.J. Oullette. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Johns Hopkins’ 12-7 advantage in this series has been trimmed by Duke’s three-game winning streak that includes a 19-6 shellacking in an NCAA tournament first-round game last season. Edward Lee,, "Johns Hopkins vs. Duke men’s lacrosse: Three things to watch," 20 May 2018 Since the Democrats suffered an electoral shellacking in 2016, the party has been retooling its economic message to expand its base. Andrew Seidman,, "Pa. Dem congressional candidate is 'Trumpish' on immigration. Will the party stop him?," 8 May 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

: a very bad defeat

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