Definition of ran-tanning in US English:

ran-tanning

noun

English Regional, Midlands, Northern
historical
  • The practice of subjecting a husband to public condemnation and humiliation for beating his wife, typically by causing a disturbance outside his house by beating pots and kettles, singing and chanting loudly, etc.; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Reliquary; a depository for precious relics. Apparently from ran-tan + -ing.

Pronunciation

ran-tanning

/ˈrantanɪŋ/