One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
US. The action or an act of beating a person or animal severely with a rawhide whip; = "hiding"; (hence) an act of mistreatment or hazing. Also in extended use: the action of attacking someone or something verbally; a sharp criticism.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Knickerbocker. From rawhide + -ing. Compare cow-hiding.
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