drub

drub

[druhb]
verb (used with object), drubbed, drubbing.
1.
to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
2.
to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
3.
to drive as if by flogging: Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
4.
to stamp (the feet).
noun
5.
a blow with a stick or the like.

Origin:
1625–35; perhaps by uncertain mediation < Arabic ḍarb blow, beating

drubber, noun
undrubbed, adjective
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drub (drʌb)
 
vb , drubs, drubbing, drubbed
1.  to beat as with a stick; cudgel; club
2.  to defeat utterly, as in a contest
3.  to drum or stamp (the feet)
4.  to instil with force or repetition: the master drubbed Latin into the boys
 
n
5.  a blow, as from a stick
 
[C17: probably from Arabic dáraba to beat]

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drub
1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb "a beating," from daraba "he beat up." Related: Drubbing.
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