shellacking

[shuh-lak-ing]

Origin:
1880–85; shellac + -ing1

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shellac

[shuh-lak]
noun
1.
lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish.
2.
a varnish (shellac varnish) made by dissolving this material in alcohol or a similar solvent.
3.
a phonograph record made of a breakable material containing shellac, especially one to be played at 78 r.p.m.: an LP that can hold nearly 10 times as much as the old shellac.
verb (used with object), shellacked, shellacking.
4.
to coat or treat with shellac.
5.
Slang.
a.
to defeat; trounce.
b.
to thrash soundly.
Also, shellack.


Origin:
1705–15; shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles lac in thin plates

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shellac (ʃəˈlæk, ˈʃɛlæk)
 
n
1.  a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
2.  Also called: shellac varnish a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
3.  a gramophone record based on shellac
 
vb , -lacs, -lacking, -lacked
4.  to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
5.  slang (US) to defeat completely
 
[C18: shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates]
 
shel'lacker
 
n

shellacking (ʃəˈlækɪŋ, ˈʃɛlækɪŋ)
 
n
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a complete defeat; a sound beating: anyone who gives a shellacking to their bigger neighbours

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shellac
1713, from shell + lac (see lacquer). Translates Fr. laque en écailles "lac in thin plates." The verb is 1876, from the noun. The slang sense of "beat soundly" is 1920s, perhaps from the notion of shellac as a "finish." Shellacked "drunk" is from 1922 (cf. plastered).
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shellac definition

[ʃəˈlæk]
  1. tv.
    to beat someone; to outscore someone. (See also shellacked; shellacking.) : We're gonna shellac those bums Friday night.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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shellacking definition


  1. n.
    a beating. : We gave them a shellacking they'll never forget.
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shellacking

see take a shellacking.

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Example sentences
He said he regretted that he hadn't been more open about that after the shellacking.
At best, they usually reprise the good old favorites while defying or shellacking the artist within an inch of his genius.
And nonbank finance companies have taken a shellacking on real estate lending.
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