The captains all got a wigging for failing to keep us in hand; but they were powerless.
“By Jupiter, what a wigging I shall get,” whispered Dicky, in a terrible funk.
The thing had been tried more than once, and the wigging had been complete.
Yes; and the Major had you up to give you a wigging, as you call it, only yesterday.
Herr von Blow would have had a wigging, or rather he would never have gained the upper hand.
As soon as I glanced at it I saw that I was in for a wigging.
To-day Ive had a wigging for you before the whole of my company.
It saved me a wigging from Mother, for she always wants us all to keep together.
Last night Jones was simply drunk, and got a wigging, no doubt, when he found his room.
He is one of Stanton's bosses; and Stanton was in for a wigging—and got it.
1670s, shortened form of periwig. Meaning "person who wears a wig (professionally)" is from 1828. The verb meaning "to behave hysterically" (usually with out) is attested from 1955, from notion in to flip one's wig. Cf. dash my wig!, a former mild imprecation (1797), also wigs on the green (1856), Irish colloquial for "a fight or rumble" (because wigs are likely to get detached from owners in such an event).
A sleeveless undershirt worn by men •Fr regarding this as the attire of a male who would do this