verb \ˈfläg\

: to beat or whip (someone) severely


Full Definition of FLOG

transitive verb
a :  to beat with or as if with a rod or whip
b :  to criticize harshly
:  to force or urge into action :  drive
a chiefly British :  to sell (as stolen goods) illegally <flogged their employers' petrol to ordinary motorists — Economist>
b :  sell 7 <traveled by horse, flogging encyclopedias — Robert Darnton>
c :  to promote aggressively :  plug <flying around the world flogging your movies — Peter Bogdanovich>
British :  steal 1
intransitive verb
:  flap, flutter <sails flogging>
British :  to move along with difficulty :  slog
flog·ger noun

Examples of FLOG

  1. The sailors were flogged for attempting a mutiny.
  2. <a graphic depiction of a sailor being flogged by the captain for disobeying orders>

Origin of FLOG

perhaps modification of Latin flagellare to whip — more at flagellate
First Known Use: circa 1676

Rhymes with FLOG


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