Monday, December 14, 2015

Word of the day: drub

The word of the day is drub:

  1. to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
  2. to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
  3. to drive as if by flogging: Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
  4. to stamp (the feet).
1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb "a beating," from daraba "he beat up." Related: Drubbing.


"Foot soldiers have often drubbed mounted troops.  At the battle of Marathon in 490 B.C., the outnumbered, outarmored Athenian infantry destroyed the cavalry of the Persoan emperor Darius I."

 - Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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