One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he received a near fatal beating’
battering, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting
flaying, whipping, lashing, cudgelling, clubbing, birching
corporal punishment, chastisement
informal beating-up, duffing-up, doing-over, belting, bashing, pasting, walloping, whacking, clobbering, slugging, tanning, biffing, bopping, hiding
2‘she could hear the beating of her heart’
pulsation, pulsating, pulse, pulsing, palpitating, throb, reverberation, reverberating
pumping, pounding, thumping, thudding, hammering, drumming
3‘a 5–1 beating at the hands of their rivals’
defeat, loss, conquest, vanquishing, trouncing, routing, overthrow, downfall
informal licking, thrashing, clobbering
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