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verb[WITH OBJECT]informal, humorous
Treat roughly or severely; destroy.‘the mosquito was spifflicated’
- ‘The 26-year-old Dane makes this ‘revelation’ sitting on the side of the ring in which he has just spiflicated sparring partner Sam Soliman, a Mundine casualty.’
- ‘Now, now, Mr Zola, if you persist in traducing me - not to mention the good Beadle - in this shameless fashion I shall spiflicate you.’
- ‘As a good Australian, spiflicating the Poms in cricket is as good as it gets.’
- ‘Talking of smash; I hear that Boris, in the company of one of his sons, did a fair job of spiflicating a valuable vehicle which he was ‘test driving’.’
- ‘I reckon he missed the 100 the previous week when we absolutely spiflicated the Saints by 15 goals.’
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