Simple Definition of flog
: to beat or whip (someone) severely
Full Definition of flog
1 a : to beat with or as if with a rod or whip b : to criticize harshly
2 : to force or urge into action : drive
3 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>
4 British : steal 1
2 British : to move along with difficulty : slog
Examples of flog
The sailors were flogged for attempting a mutiny.
<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
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