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  1. present participle of rollick


rollicking (plural rollickings)

  1. (Britain) A scolding, a bollocking.
    • 2004. Richard Ayoade as Dean Learner in "Once Upon a Beginning", Garth Marenghi's Darkplace episode 1
      Thanks for explaining the situation. I'm going to give him the rollicking of his life.
    • 2006, James Russell, Fortune and Power:
      He can give someone a right rollicking but it comes over as advice.
    • 2011, Johnny Barrs, From Rags to Rags, page 41:
      That night, back at the billet, Corporal Banks summoned me to his room and there I stood to attention, whilst he gave me a roasting for getting him a rollicking from the sergeant.


rollicking (comparative more rollicking, superlative most rollicking)

  1. carefree, merry and boisterous
    • 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth:
      Tin Maung gave an order and in due course the head-waiter arrived, a rollicking Shan with shining bald head and Manchu moustaches, carrying a dish heaped with scrawny chickens' limbs, jaundiced with curry, a bowl of rice and a couple of aluminium plates.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      The episode’s unwillingness to fully commit to the pathos of the Bart-and-Laura subplot is all the more frustrating considering its laugh quota is more than filled by a rollicking B-story that finds Homer, he of the iron stomach and insatiable appetite, filing a lawsuit against The Frying Dutchman when he’s hauled out of the eatery against his will after consuming all of the restaurant’s shrimp (plus two plastic lobsters).