Definition of shellac verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shellac

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈlæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlæk//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈʃelæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelæk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shellac
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈlæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlæk//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈʃelæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelæk//
     
    he / she / it shellacs
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈlæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlæks//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈʃelæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelæks//
     
    past simple shellacked
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈlækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlækt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈʃelækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelækt//
     
    past participle shellacked
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈlækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlækt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈʃelækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelækt//
     
    -ing form shellacking
    BrE BrE//ʃəˈlækɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlækɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈʃelækɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelækɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1shellac something to cover something with shellac
  2. 2[usually passive] shellac somebody (North American English, informal) to defeat somebody very easily The Republicans got shellacked in the elections.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from shell + lac, translating French laque en écailles ‘lac in thin plates’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shellac

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