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  •  whale (3+ / 0-)
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    BachFan, kaliope, Val

    verb
    whaled | whal·ing
    Definition of WHALE
    transitive verb
    1
    : lash, thrash
    2
    : to strike or hit vigorously
    3
    : to defeat soundly

    Merriam-Webster

    Rule of thumb: If it's advertised on TV, you probably shouldn't buy it.

    by VictorLaszlo on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 02:33:36 PM PST

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    •  I think this is "contaminated" language, (1+ / 0-)
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      bablhous

      but I tipped you anyway. Who am I to challenge a corporation... for instance:
      listed as the third definition (first a noun, then two possible verbs, of which you raised the second), see Merriam Webster below:

      whal·ing  (hwlng, w-)
      n.
      The business or practice of hunting, killing, and processing whales.

      The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

      And then Merriam-Webster:
      whaling
      noun
      Definition of WHALING
      : the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales
      See whaling defined for English-language learners »
      First Known Use of WHALING
      1688

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