Meaning of shellacking

shel•lack•ing

Pronunciation: (shu-lak'ing), [key]
— n. Slang.
  1. an utter defeat: a shellacking their team will remember.
  2. a sound thrashing: His father gave him a shellacking for stealing the book.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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