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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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Trump’s attendance could elate GOP lawmakers still licking their wounds from last fall’s midterm shellacking by the Democrats, who took the House majority., "Tom Steyer qualifies for October debates, bringing field to 11," 9 Sep. 2019 Although a number of factors went into the Democrats’ 2010 midterm shellacking, the slow pace of the recovery, combined with the Obama administration’s decision to reward the financial sector, played a significant role. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Do Democrats Have a Plan for the Next Recession?," 16 Aug. 2019 Apple, which relies on China for 20 percent of its sales, had been taking a shellacking in recent weeks because of the escalating trade rift. Washington Post, "Dow surges 450 on news that U.S. will delay some tariffs," 13 Aug. 2019 But the Dodgers, not looking like a club that touched down after 4 a.m., kept coming and coming on their way to a 16-2 shellacking. Los Angeles Times, "Cody Bellinger powers merciless Dodgers to blowout win over Phillies," 15 July 2019 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

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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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