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thumping (comparative more thumping, superlative most thumping)
- (informal) Exceptional in some degree.
thumping (countable and uncountable, plural thumpings)
- A dull, heavy sound.
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 28:
- They were a regular series of thumpings from the interior of the house, occasioned by the violent rocking of a cradle upon a stone floor, to which movement a feminine voice kept time by singing, in a vigorous gallopade[.]
- 1941, Gladys Mitchell, When Last I Died:
- There was nothing to be seen, but he could hear loud thumpings and bumpings which seemed to come from the back of the house.
- A beating.
- He received a thumping from the school bully.
- 1824, William Craig Brownlee, A careful and free inquiry into the true nature and tendency of the religious principles of the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers:
- And in our times, in Philadelphia, there have been specimens of violent shruggings of the shoulders, and brachial twitches, and prodigious wry faces, and thumpings on the pews.
- (sports) A heavy defeat.
- 2011 January 11, Jonathan Stevenson, “West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham”, in BBC:
- Grant's future has been the subject of rumour after rumour for much of the season and last week's horrific 5-0 thumping at Newcastle was the catalyst for another round of fevered speculation.
- (heavy defeat): thrashing