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English definition of “shellacking”

shellacking

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ʃəˈlæk.ɪŋ/ /ˈʃel.æk-/ US informal us  
a complete defeat or beating: The Dodgers took a shellacking (= were defeated by many points). His dad gave him a shellacking (= beating) for stealing the money.
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