• WordNet 3.6
    • n drubbing the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    • n drubbing a sound defeat
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drubbing A cudgeling; a sound beating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Drubbing a cudgelling
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Murray suggests Ar. daraba, to beat, bastinado, darb, a beating.


In literature:

I have called two or three of our fresh ships round, and have no doubt of giving them a drubbing.
"The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book" by Various
They told us of all the glorious triumphs of the German army, and of the terrible drubbing that was in store for their enemies.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Give the fellow a sound drubbing!
"The Young Carpenters of Freiberg" by Anonymous
But Major Carrington stood my friend, and I got off with a tongue-drubbing.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
We halted here at night and on Monday the enemy came on and we gave them a good drubbing.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Your English friend gave me the worst drubbing of my life, but three days after I went round and shook hands with him.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
If you had touched it, you'd have got a drubbing.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
I saw a father drubbing his boy beyond the surf; the boy had evidently gone out too soon, and got exhausted coming back.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
We gave them a drubbing, anyhow.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Setting his teeth for the drubbing he felt certain he would receive, he struck out blindly.
"The New Land" by Elma Ehrlich Levinger

In news:

Un-Innocents Abroad: The Drubbing .
French President Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffles cabinet after election drubbing .
Notre Dame seeks revenge for early-season drubbing .
Buena Vista stays perfect by drubbing Upper Iowa.
CINCINNATI — By drubbing the defending champions, the Bengals have given themselves a second chance.
Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing in the first debate: He is a president, not a king.
DENVER — Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing the first debate: He is a president, not a king.
Shaq, Williams step up in 95-78 drubbing.
Senior runs for 233 yards, 3 TDs as GW drubs SA 68-23.
17-3 drubbing in New York isn't a shock…it's the silly season now.
Carolina Mudcats / Baseball Carolina Leaguers drub Cal League to end skein , even A-ball All-Star series.
Notre Dame drubs Navy, 50-10, in football season opener in Dublin.
A surprising hero helped the consortium of academic scientists decoding the human genome to avoid a drubbing by its rival, the Celera Genomics company.
KU drubbed by Iowa State, 51-23, in final home game .
Senior Night for the Bainbridge girls soccer team turned into the Rosie Kerstetter Show after the Spartan forward scored four goals in a 6-0 drubbing of Lakeside .

In science:

In 1958, only 18% of Americans thought that their government was ‘run by a few big interests looking out for themselves.’24 But after the Vietnam war, many institutions of American society took a drubbing.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days