idiom. Beaten soundly--like a dangerous, smelly drum.
Related terms: greeted like rabid skunks, hunted down like rabid skunks, shot like rabid skunks, froth at the mouth like rabid skunks, fight like rabid skunks, act like rabid skunks, defend each other like rabid skunks.
Real citation: "The Redskins were whipped again like rabid skunks on Sunday, but only a few people cared. Brooding on the fate of the Redskins is no longer considered cool, in Washington or anywhere else in the English-speaking world. Not even the President of the United States gives a hoot in hell about the pitiful fate of the 'Skins. They are the worst team in the NFL, and their owner is widely vilified."
(Hunter S. Thompson, "Stadium living in new age," http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson/011002.html)
Made-up citation: "Does 'whipped like rabid skunks' really make any sense? If I were locked in moral combat with rabid skunks--like a barbed wire cage match kind of situation--I'd pray to Zeus and bet on the skunks."