Etymology
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beating (n.)
c. 1200, beatunge "action of inflicting blows," verbal noun from beat (v.). Meaning "pulsation" is recorded from c. 1600. Nautical sense of "sailing against the wind" is by 1883.
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bastinado (n.)
"a beating with a cudgel" (especially on the soles of the feet, as torture or punishment), 1570s, from Spanish bastonada "a beating, cudgeling," from baston "stick," from Late Latin bastum (see baton). As a verb from 1610s.
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drubbing (n.)

"a sound beating," 1640s, verbal noun from drub (v.).

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cardiogram (n.)
"a tracing of the beating of the heart made with a cardiograph," 1876, from cardio- + -gram.
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lashing (n.)
"a beating, flogging," c. 1400, verbal noun from lash (v.1).
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pelt (n.2)

"an act of pelting," 1510s, from pelt (v.). Of the beating of the rain by 1862.

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wife-beater (n.)

1855, from wife (n.) + beater. Related: Wife-beating. As "sleeveless undershirt" by 1990.

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malleability (n.)

"capability of being shaped or stretched by pressure," especially by beating or rolling, 1680s, from malleable + -ity.

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beatdown (n.)
"a thorough beating, a thrashing," by 1997 in urban slang, from verbal phrase (attested from c. 1400); see beat (v.) + down (adv.).
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swingle (n.)
"instrument for beating flax," early 14c., from Middle Dutch swinghel "swingle for flax," cognate with Old English swingell "beating, stick to beat, whip, scourge, rod," from swingan "to beat, strike, whip" (see swing (v.)) + instrumental suffix -el (1). Or perhaps directly from the Old English word, with narrowing of sense.
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