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drub

[druhb] /drʌb/
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
1625-1635
1625-35; perhaps by uncertain mediation < Arabic ḍarb blow, beating
Related forms
drubber, noun
undrubbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drub-bed

drub

/drʌb/
verb (transitive) 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
noun
5.
a blow, as from a stick
Word Origin
C17: probably from Arabic dáraba to beat
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Word Origin and History for drub-bed

drub

v.

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

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