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also shel·lack (shə-lăk′)
1. A purified lac in the form of thin yellow or orange flakes, often bleached white and widely used in varnishes, paints, inks, sealants, and formerly in phonograph records.
2. A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood.
3. An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm.
tr.v. shel·lacked, shel·lack·ing, shel·lacs also shel·lacked or shel·lack·ing or shel·lacks
1. To coat or finish with shellac.
2. Slang
a. To strike repeatedly and severely; batter.
b. To defeat decisively.

[shel(l) + lac (translation of French laque en écailles, lac in thin plates).]
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(ʃəˈlækɪŋ; ˈʃɛlækɪŋ)
slang chiefly US and Canadian a complete defeat; a sound beating: anyone who gives a shellacking to their bigger neighbours.
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(ʃəˈlæk ɪŋ)

n. Slang.
1. an utter defeat.
2. a sound thrashing.
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Police Commissioner Chester Williams, had earlier this week, describing the month of June as 'shellacking' as it relates to murders, saying nonetheless an objective observer would 'concede to the fact many of the murders in June were things that the police had no control over'.
First it was Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Greeks who gave the the Iranians a 78-53 shellacking.
Lonergan and Torres proved they were the class of the field when they handed singles finalists Mike Angley and Dan Vera a 21-7, 21-3 shellacking.