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1. Informal Exceptional of its kind; remarkable.
2. Swift and vigorous: a spanking pace.
3. Brisk and fresh: a spanking breeze.
Used as an intensive: a spanking clean shirt.
A number of slaps on the buttocks delivered in rapid succession, as for punishment.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

spank′ing·ly adv.
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in a spanking manner
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And Mary, God love her, noted: "We've had a spankingly good last challenge." Smirks from the other judges.
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too Throughout our stay, as I grew more and more entranced by the sheer bling of the place, I couldn't quite forget that this lowcrime, spankingly clean "land of opportunity for all" is still rooted in the power and wealth of one family, the ruling Al Maktoums.
They are spankingly fresh and yield so easily to the touch.