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English definition of “shellacking”

shellacking

noun [C usually singular]     /ʃəˈlæk.ɪŋ/ /ˈʃel.æk-/ US informal
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 .Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
(Definition of shellacking noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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