- ☆ a whipping; flogging; beating
- ☆ a thorough defeat
- Present participle of shellac.
Noun sense: shellac is used in floor polish; compare polishing, as in "the other boxer in the match polished the floor with me; I took quite a polishing".
Variant of shellac
- refined lac, a resin usually produced in thin, flaky layers or shells and used in making varnish, phonograph records, insulating materials, etc.
- a thin, usually clear kind of varnish containing this resin and alcohol
Origin of shellacshel(l) + lac, used as translated, translation of French laque en écailles, lac in fine sheets