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 of shellacking from the Web
The Heisman hype train started to roll off the tracks after Jackson accounted for five touchdowns during a 63-20 shellacking of Florida State in Week 3.
Such a shellacking would have gotten Safeco psyched up no matter what the circumstance.
After throwing 3 2/3 innings (63 pitches) and giving up six runs on 11 hits in Tuesday night’s 20-7 shellacking, right-hander Casey Lawrence was optioned back to Tacoma.
But sweeps last month in Kansas City and Houston, plus a series loss in Detroit and last weekend's shellacking in New York have put them in a difficult spot away from home, provided they don't turn it around.
To be fair, however, those outings sandwiched a three-inning, nine-run shellacking at the hands of the Blue Jays.
Brook took a shellacking, and had his right eye socket fractured before being stopped in the fifth round in September in London.
Thomas was shut down for the remainder of the playoffs, following a Game 2 shellacking, because of the hip ailment.
James is averaging nearly 30 points for his career against the Celtics -- his highest average against any team -- and the last time Cleveland played Boston scored 36 points in a 114-91 shellacking of the Celtics on April 5.
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Definition of shellacking for English Language Learners
: a very bad defeat
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