Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To thrash; beat.
  • transitive verb To defeat decisively.
  • transitive verb To criticize severely.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To punish or beat severely; thrash or whip smartly; castigate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb colloq. To punish or beat severely; to whip smartly; to flog; to castigate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to win against (someone) by a wide margin; to beat thoroughly, to defeat heavily
  • verb transitive to punish
  • verb transitive to beat severely; thrash

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb beat severely with a whip or rod
  • verb censure severely or angrily
  • verb come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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