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
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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