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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Utah Jazz gave a thorough shellacking to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 and advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2021 The Rangers, here in Boston Thursday and Saturday, look destined to finish south of the playoff cut line, despite their impressive late kick (15-7-2, .667), sparked by their 9-0 shellacking of the Flyers on March 17., 1 May 2021 They were dealt an 8-1 shellacking by the Capitals on April 11, the parting gift to their most recent five-in-seven stretch., 24 Apr. 2021 But with its final piece of the puzzle available, the Trojans put all the pieces together in a 95-68 shellacking of the Huskies. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2021 Channeling the former Dallas Cowboys star, Ossai dominated as an omnipresent wrecking ball in Texas’ 38-10 shellacking of No. 11 Utah at the Alamo Bowl. Nick Moyle,, 14 Dec. 2020 Hall — a 6-foot-3, 238-pound Buck edge-rusher — finally reaped those rewards in Auburn’s 48-11 shellacking of LSU on Halloween. Tom Green |, al, 11 Nov. 2020 Lombardi got knocked out of the game late in the second quarter of the Spartans’ 52-12 shellacking by No. 4 Ohio State. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 6 Dec. 2020 Saturday’s loss was the first by shutout for the Jaguars since a 52-0 shellacking by Georgia Southern on Nov. 18, 2017. Creg Stephenson |, al, 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of shellacking

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shellacking was in 1931

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6 Jun 2021

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“Shellacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shellacking

US, informal : a very bad defeat


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