to beat, to cudgel, to thrash.
|Life and Errors (1818) I 356: I would towel him myself (or make his Countryman do it) if I did not think him an honest man .|
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 29 Sept. 46/2: Missy Crow say if she no go she get what ladies call a good towelling.|
|Fast Man n.d. n.p.: We don’t think it much of a lark to have a woman who towels you every night, and we are sorry for your pal.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 111: towel to beat or whip. In Warwickshire an oaken stick is termed a towel ― whence, perhaps, the vulgar ver.|
|‘’Arry on Politics’ in Punch 11 May 205/2: O scissors, to read our own Telly a-towelling wood-chopping Bill.|
(Aus.) to beat, to thrash.
|(con. WWI) Gloss. Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: towelled up. Severely punished.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 78: Towel up, to, to beat, thrash.|
|Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo 98: ‘You’re next, O’Callaghan,’ he cried. ‘I’ll towel you up when I finish off this runt.’.‘Bushman’ in|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 398: I think you deserve the VC for the way you towelled Old Mole up.|
|Rooted I iii: We won the doubles cup today [...] Towelled them up in no time.|