Definition of drubbing in English:



  • 1A beating; a thrashing:

    ‘I'll give the scoundrels a drubbing if I can!’
    • ‘Their relationship then collapsed under the weight of critical drubbings.’
    • ‘What is going to be the response to the critical drubbing of the Matrix sequels?’
    • ‘Voters gave them a drubbing.’
    • ‘When it first opened, it got a critical drubbing, but after learning some lessons in hospitality, it's earned a second chance.’
    • ‘But it was given a sound drubbing and was headed to political oblivion, picking up less than 2% of the vote, results showed.’
    • ‘He is despised by the overwhelming majority of the population, and most of them will secretly cheer if he gets a drubbing at the hands of the protestors.’
    • ‘The book endured its share of critical drubbings as well, including a review from The London Times that claimed the book would only appeal to readers with strong hearts and weak intellects.’
    • ‘But in today's vacuum of cinematic debate, The Brown Bunny seems hopelessly naïve, which is part of the reason for its critical drubbing.’
    • ‘It has taken a drubbing from analysts who say its labor costs are too high.’
    • ‘For his efforts he was given a drubbing by the left who said his work lacked ‘scientific evidence’ and was ‘misleading’, perhaps ‘wilfully so’.’
    • ‘Past governments might have ignored the ruckus, but the ruling coalition had suffered a nasty drubbing in last month's polls for parliament's lower house.’
    • ‘After all, it took a drubbing in the last local council elections and lost control for the first time in years.’
    • ‘Some take the verbal drubbings in stride.’
    • ‘These two films took a critical drubbing from some of the more thoughtful critics, but I think they have been undervalued.’
    • ‘Whenever I go to London I pass by the site of the Battle of the Thames, where Tecumseh died and we administered a drubbing to you chaps.’
    • ‘The first motivating force was the critical drubbing that 2002's Come With Us album received.’
    beating, thrashing, walloping, thumping, battering, pounding, pummelling, slapping, smacking, punching, bludgeoning, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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    1. 1.1informal A resounding defeat in a match or contest:
      ‘Scotland's 3-0 drubbing by France’
      • ‘Tony Spencer has been on the field for every Broncos match since the club's 44-10 drubbing of Manly in their NRL debut in 1988.’
      • ‘The Wildcats conceded 40 points just once this season - a 40-6 Belle Vue drubbing at the hand of the Bulls in round three.’
      • ‘York Wasps will be looking to bounce back from Friday's drubbing at Doncaster to end Keighley Cougars' seven-match winning run at Huntington Stadium today.’
      • ‘Duncan Fletcher, England's coach, has called for calm after England's embarrassing drubbings in the last two NatWest Series matches.’
      • ‘For those survivors of the 43-3 drubbing in London two years ago, there is a real chance of some sort of redemption.’
      • ‘The Shrimps recorded a 2-1 win over Fleet - and that wiped away the nightmare of last season's 6-0 drubbing at Stonebridge Road.’
      • ‘Malaysia Sports School started their campaign with a 6-0 drubbing of their juniors and then defeated former champions Malacca MC 4-1.’
      • ‘There was never a hint of the 7-0 drubbing that Clitheroe handed out to their opponents in April, as the visitors found themselves 3-0 in front with less than an hour played.’
      • ‘He played more than 170 games for the Clarets, with his only senior goal coincidentally coming against City in a 7-2 drubbing in January 1998.’
      • ‘Goals from Halliday and Broadbent gave Bishopthorpe a 2-0 win over York Nomads in midweek, but that was followed by a 7-1 drubbing by Samson.’
      • ‘According to figures released on Friday, US consumer sentiment tumbled in early July as the stock market drubbing soured Americans' expectations.’
      • ‘Bucks, who are already tipped as favourites to win the prestigious league title after a recent impressive run, face a side which embarrassed them with a 2-0 drubbing in the first round in Cape Town.’
      • ‘Edmondson missed last Saturday's 4-0 drubbing at Cardiff with a calf-strain and his steely determination was sorely missed by City.’
      • ‘Defeats have become almost commonplace, the latest of which was a 5-1 drubbing against Bristol City on Tuesday night.’
      • ‘She's been the hottest skip on the ice this week and impressed me from the get-go with her opening match drubbing of Team Canada.’
      • ‘Scotland give Spain a 3-1 drubbing, Maurice Johnstone netting a brace and Kenny Dalglish firing one of his best international goals.’
      • ‘McCall travelled with Airdrie this time last year and inflicted a 6-1 drubbing.’
      • ‘The 49-3 defeat at Murrayfield in 1990 was on a par with a 51-0 drubbing received at the hands of the English seven days earlier.’
      • ‘En route to the final, Japan had scored 46 goals from 4 matches, including a 21-0 drubbing of Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘Following closely on the Dutchmen's heels are the Czech Republic, who remain one point behind following a resounding 6-1 drubbing of Macedonia.’
      defeat, beating, trouncing, rout, loss, vanquishing, crushing
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