shellacking definition by Webster's New World
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- ☆ a whipping; flogging; beating
- ☆ a thorough defeat
shellacking - Phrases/Idioms
see take a shellacking.
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: shel(l) plush lac, used as translated, translation of French laque en écailles, lac in fine sheets