flog a dead horse
Definition of flog a dead horse
1 : to keep talking about a subject that has already been discussed or decided I don't mean to flog a dead horse, but I still don't understand what happened.
2 : to waste time and effort trying to do something that is impossible Is it just flogging a dead horse to ask for another recount of the votes?
Word by Word Definitions
: to beat with or as if with a rod or whip
: to criticize harshly
: to force or urge into action : drive
: deprived of life : no longer alive
: having the appearance of death : deathly
: lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb
: someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)
: the state of being dead
: the time of greatest quiet
: absolutely, utterly
: suddenly and completely
: of or relating to a horse (see horse 1a(1))
: hauled or powered by a horse
: large or coarse of its kind
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