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Definitions of shellacking

shellacking  (ʃəˈlækɪŋ ; ˈʃɛlækɪŋ



  1. (slang, mainly US & Canadian) a complete defeat; a sound beating   ⇒ anyone who gives a shellacking to their bigger neighbours

shellac or shellack  (ʃəˈlæk ; ˈʃɛlæk



  1. a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
  2. Also called: shellac varnish a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
  3. a gramophone record based on shellac


-lacs -lacking -lacked (transitive)
  1. to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
  2. (US, slang) to defeat completely

Derived Forms

shelˈlacker  noun

Word Origin

C18: shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates


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