1640–50; drub + -ing1

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

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
5.  a blow, as from a stick
[C17: probably from Arabic dáraba to beat]

drubbing (ˈdrʌbɪŋ)
1.  a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc
2.  a comprehensive or heavy defeat, esp in a sporting competition

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Word Origin & History

1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb "a beating," from daraba "he beat up." Related: Drubbing.
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Example sentences
As it happened, posters dragged me out for a drubbing on matters irrelevant to
  the topic.
He had been taking a daily drubbing over the last thirty years.
The new leader will have his work cut out to avoid a drubbing at the polls.
He could communicate: yes with upshot eyes, a neck-bow for affirmation, a
  drubbing of feet on his wheelchair for attention.
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