Definition of flog
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 motorists — Economistb : sell 7 traveled by horse, flogging encyclopedias — Robert Darnton flogging wares at the local discount outlet — Ronald Henkoffc : 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 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 of flog from the Web
Treblinka survivors testified that Ivan the Terrible had also savaged Jews, breaking arms and legs with a steel pipe, cutting off ears and noses with a sword, and flogging women and children with sadistic glee.
While on a traditional national bookstore and media tour to flog his new novel, The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Mark Leyner has taken his tour into cyberspace.
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Origin and Etymology of flog
perhaps modification of Latin flagellare to whip — more at flagellate
First Known Use: circa 1676
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Definition of flog for English Language Learners
: to beat or whip (someone) severely
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Definition of flog for Students
: to beat severely with a rod or whip
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