A drubbing in sports is a defeat, especially by a wide margin. Your team's 100-point loss in the dodgeball tournament could be called a drubbing. Ouch.

When one team soundly beats another, that's a drubbing. You can also use this word for a more literal kind of beating, actually physically striking someone: "My brother threatened to give that bully a drubbing if he keeps teasing me." The word comes from the verb drub, "to beat," probably from the Arabic root daraba, "he beat up."

Definitions of drubbing
  1. noun
    a sound defeat
    synonyms: debacle, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping
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    type of:
    defeat, licking
    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
  2. noun
    the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    synonyms: beating, lacing, licking, thrashing, trouncing, whacking
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    flagellation, flogging, lashing, tanning, whipping
    beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
    beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation
    self-punishment inflicted by whipping
    the act of whipping with a horsewhip
    type of:
    corporal punishment
    the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
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