• I'm going to be shellacking the pine floors in our home
• If you want to tone down the reflective, shiny quality of a shellacked surface or to refinished shellacked wood, you can do so without stripping off the finish
• Dried gourds are cleaned, painted, shellacked, or waxed. Well-treated gourds become durable containers
• What cleaning product should I use for shellacked wooden floors?
• You can test to see if the cabinets have been shellacked by rubbing the cabinet with alcohol.
• If your cabinets have been shellacked, you'll need to remove the glossy element before you can paint.
• (2010) President Barack Obama waves as he turns to leave after calling the election a 'shellacking' for Democrats during a news conference
• Robbie Deans shellshocked after record Barbarians shellacking
... former Wallabies boss reflected on leading the Barbarians to their heaviest ever defeat ... appeared fairly shellshocked from the 73-12 thrashing the tourists took at the hands of ...
• Chicago Takes a Census Shellacking ... bad news for the city of Chicago, whose population plunged
• Mariners crushed again in 22-10 shellacking by Boston ... hit bottom Saturday in a 22-10 annihilation by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
• The drug war took a one of its biggest shellackings in history this week as the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives voted to cement the federal cease-fire on medical marijuana
• More than 2 months after [Hurricane] Ike, oysters take shellacking ... At least 60 percent of the crop in Galveston Bay is destroyed
• Croatia Ends Cameroon's World Cup Hopes in 4-0 Shellacking
• Energy stocks shellacked as Nymex crude drops below $50
• Roy Hodgson has been taking a shellacking from the media today, in the aftermath of the dour and stodgy 1-0 win over Norway in Wembley on Tuesday night
• Bill Oesterle is quitting as CEO of Angie's List, saying he wants to re-enter state politics and help repair the "shellacking" Indiana's image took from the passage of the "religious freedom" act
• investors took a shellacking when the stock tanked
• The City Council took a well-deserved shellacking Tuesday night as the voters tossed at least four deadwood incumbents into unprecedented fires of public fury
• The Germans knew right where we were, and they really gave us a shellacking (Battle of the Bulge)
D.A.R.E. (Dict. of Amer. Regional English) survey question:
A thorough beating: "He gave the bully an awful ________."
"I'm going to hazard a guess that it owes its new meaning to some kind of loose free-associative aural adaptation: it sounds like both "shelling" and "whacking", or even more loosely, it contains a satisfying rhythm of sharp-sounding consonants, and thus wound up being used in the sense of destruction."
(quoted from blog on Economist website?)
"Anything that had been 'shellacked' would have a nice rosy tinge. By the 1920s, in the USA, this effect had evidently been enough to motivate a slang use of the word meaning 'drunk'. Rosey, illuminated,
show similar developments – all early 20th-century slang.
"At the same time, drunks were also being described using such words as busted, bombed, crashed,
So it's not surprising to see these words sharing their associations."