One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Hit or beat (someone) repeatedly.
hit, strike, knock, thump, thwack, jab, cuff, clip, smash, slam, weltView synonyms
- ‘With each flash a great jolt drubbed me till I thought my bones would break.’
- 1.1informal Defeat thoroughly in a match or contest.‘Cleveland drubbed Baltimore 9–0’
- ‘The World Champion became only the fifth man to hold UK and World Championships in the same year as he drubbed Ken Doherty 10-1 in the final at the Barbican Centre.’
- ‘But no-one really understood that Mauger was the missing ingredient until he returned to the side that drubbed the Springboks 52-16 in the opening Tri-Nations match.’
- ‘Terrell had climbed the ladder thanks to a three-way shoot-out victory over Australia's Maxine Nable and Robin Crawford, but Kulick drubbed her, 256-185, to advance to the final.’
- ‘But on the other hand, it isn't good entertainment to see the same side getting drubbed again and again and again.’
- ‘In 1999, Crowley repeated the feat, this time drubbing Collins.’
- ‘Halladay implied some criticism of his game-calling after the Orioles drubbed him last Friday.’
- ‘Kandia's young reserves managed half that tally, drubbing their Empire opponents 5-1.’
- ‘He was drubbed defensively, allowing six points by Denver's Kenyon Martin in the first four minutes.’
- ‘Ben Franklin drubs Thomas Jefferson in the race to be our nation's foremost Renaissance man.’
Early 17th century: probably from Arabic ḍaraba ‘to beat, bastinado’. The first recorded uses in English are by travelers in the Near East referring specifically to the punishment of bastinado.
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