an utter defeat:
a shellacking their team will remember.
a sound thrashing:
His father gave him a shellacking for stealing the book.
lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish.
a varnish (shellac varnish) made by dissolving this material in alcohol or a similar solvent.
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.
to coat or treat with shellac.
to defeat; trounce.
to thrash soundly.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a complete defeat; a sound beating: anyone who gives a shellacking to their bigger neighbours
a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
Also called shellac varnish. a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
a gramophone record based on shellac
verb (transitive) -lacs, -lacking, -lacked
to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
(US, slang) to defeat completely
see: take a shellacking
noun 1. an old sailor. 2. a person who has crossed the equator by boat. noun 1. (informal) a sailor who has crossed the equator Compare polliwog (sense 2) 2. an experienced or old sailor
noun 1. an underside of a spoon bowl ornamented with a shell motif.
noun 1. the shagbark tree. noun 1. another name for shagbark
- Shell company
noun (commerce) 1. a near-defunct company, esp one with a stock-exchange listing, used as a vehicle for a thriving company 2. a company that has ceased to trade but retains its registration and is sold for a small sum to enable its new owners to avoid the cost and trouble of registering a new company […]