Definition of caning in English:



  • 1A beating with a cane as a punishment.

    ‘the schoolboy received £8000 damages for a caning received nine years ago’
    • ‘In those days that could mean lining up at the Vestry for a caning - but luckily it didn't come to that.’
    • ‘‘There was one boy, if he knew he was in for a caning, he used to put books in his pants, so it didn't hurt,’ says Barbara.’
    • ‘And we both hurried off filled with relief; Tony because he'd got away with setting the fire alarm off, and me because Tony had saved me from what had seemed a certain caning.’
    • ‘She was in discomfort for several days and traces of the caning remained for a considerably longer period.’
    • ‘This particular punishment, called caning, is common practice in many foreign countries and seems unmistakably similar to the whippings a parent would use to reprimand a child in order to instil proper moral values.’
    • ‘Dropping food on the floor during meals would end in a caning - for girls, too.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for my master I had never told my father of the canings I'd received for fear of further punishment at home.’
    • ‘The next morning the students were given a caning.’
    • ‘Although the school canings I described yesterday were a form of child abuse that is now illegal, they would register only 1 or 2 on the Richter scale of abuse.’
    • ‘In 1998 the European Court of Human Rights unanimously found that the repeated caning of a young boy by his stepfather breached the boy's right to protection from inhuman or degrading punishment.’
    • ‘But this early incarnation of the system was little more than sophisticated caning - corporal punishment for boys and girls who were naughty.’
    • ‘On Thursday Bireuen's district chief Mustafa Geulanggang explained why the authorities had decided to implement caning as a punishment.’
    • ‘Goodman also suggested that whippings or canings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.’
    • ‘Women were slightly more sympathetic, worrying about the physical damage done by caning.’
    • ‘Now if you think back to your high school or college American history classes, you may remember the caning of Charles Sumner, one of most infamous moments in the lead-up to the Civil War.’
    • ‘Contrary to Regulation 3, the punishments meted out for these offences included canings on various parts of the body; beatings with straps or pointers; hair pulling; and beatings with hands or fists.’
    • ‘The title was a reference to the weekly caning of young boys in their pyjamas.’
    • ‘The death penalty is imposed for drug smuggling, and caning is still used as a punishment.’
    • ‘Abubakar is expected to sign additional legislation in the coming weeks that expands the use of caning to punish adultery and other crimes, Gelanggang said.’
    • ‘Sit them in lines and walk around them, and if they talk to each other, throw chalk at them; if they still annoy you, then give them detention or a caning.’
    beating, battering, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, spanking, hammering, cuffing, thwacking, mauling, pelting
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    1. 1.1British informal A resounding defeat or severe reprimand.
      ‘the team suffered a caning at Blackburn’
      • ‘Yorkshire's confidence has taken some bad knocks recently following heavy defeats by Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire in the National League and the Championship caning at the hands of Lancashire.’
      • ‘While Leigh continue to strive for the perfect 80 minutes - and if they ever find it, someone's in for a real caning - Bobbie Goulding's Hornets need a miracle to even stay in this division.’
      • ‘His form has been recognised by Square Football's SPL Player of the Month award for January when the club remained unbeaten and Riordan bagged all three in the caning of Kilmarnock.’
      • ‘Inevitably, that is going to happen from time to time and there is no electoral system which can - or should be able to - stop the electorate giving any party a caning if that is what they want to do.’
      • ‘After watching the Pies prevail on Saturday night with considerable discomfort and going into this match after two comprehensive canings, one couldn't help but fear that a new Dark Age was about to descend upon the football world.’
      • ‘I hope Celtic avoid a caning at the hands of AC Milan, and are spared the humiliation of a last-minute winning goal by Gennaro Gattuso, late of Govan G51 2XD.’
      • ‘I'm a great patriot and the way it has taken a caning has upset me.’
      • ‘And on what credential had Upashantha been drafted in after a demoralising caning against MCC last week that saw him bowl 12 unsuccessful overs for 96 runs?’
      • ‘Labor could be up for an electoral caning over Mark Latham's plan to intervene in the way parents raise difficult children.’
      loss, beating, conquest, conquering, besting, worsting, vanquishing, vanquishment, game, set, and match
      reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attack
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