\ ˈfläg How to pronounce flog (audio) \
flogged; flogging

Definition of flog

transitive verb

1a : to beat with or as if with a rod or whip The sailors were flogged for attempting a mutiny.
b : to criticize harshly He was flogged in the press for failing to take action.
2 : to force or urge into action : drive
3a chiefly British : to sell (something, such as stolen goods) illegally flogged their employers' petrol to ordinary motoristsEconomist
b : sell sense 7 traveled by horse, flogging encyclopedias— Robert Darnton flogging wares at the local discount outlet— Ronald Henkoff
c : to promote aggressively : plug flying around the world flogging your movies— Peter Bogdanovich
4 British : steal sense 1

intransitive verb

1 : flap, flutter sails flogging
2 British : to move along with difficulty : slog

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Other Words from flog

flogger noun

Examples of flog in a Sentence

The sailors were flogged for attempting a mutiny. a graphic depiction of a sailor being flogged by the captain for disobeying orders
Recent Examples on the Web Then came August, which proved especially chaotic for the markets after an upside-down bond market sounded recession alarms and the United States and China flogged each other with retaliatory tariffs. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Arthur Cashin, wise to the ways of Wall Street," 19 Sep. 2019 On its swarming 57-acre site in Battersea wholesalers are flogging fruit, vegetables and flowers to London’s greengrocers and restaurateurs. The Economist, "Greta Thunberg accuses rich countries of “creative carbon accounting”," 17 Oct. 2019 The most recent was Ophelia, which flogged Ireland in 2017 with 97 mph winds. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Lorenzo’s record-breaking march will end with a rare landfall: the coast of Ireland," 3 Oct. 2019 Northernmost Banda Aceh is the only province in the country that observes Shariah -- or Islamic law -- and those found guilty of breaking the strict morality laws are flogged in public. Helen Regan And Masrur Jamaluddin, CNN, "Indonesia is about to pass a law that would criminalize sex outside of marriage," 19 Sep. 2019 Reflexologists manipulate them, and inquisitors flog them. Los Angeles Times, "He was seeking custom-made boots. The journey led to a life deeply touched by love and death and leather," 22 Oct. 2019 Smith-Schuster pedaled his bike to USC’s sand volleyball courts and flogged himself with solo workouts of his own design. Michael Mcknight, SI.com, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019 The Roman senator Cicero described visiting Sparta to witness the diamastigôsis, the ancient ritual where Spartan boys were flogged bloody, and sometimes to death, before the altar of Artemis Orthia. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Story lines were duly flogged: Harris vs. Biden, Beto vs. Buttigieg, The Progressives vs. Everybody. Washington Post, "‘Why do you look so familiar?’: In Detroit, presidential wannabes try to make themselves worth recognizing," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of flog

circa 1676, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for flog

perhaps modification of Latin flagellare to whip — more at flagellate

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The first known use of flog was circa 1676

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flog.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flog. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flog

: to beat or whip (someone) severely


\ ˈfläg How to pronounce flog (audio) \
flogged; flogging

Kids Definition of flog

: to beat severely with a rod or whip

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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