flog a dead horse

Definition of flog a dead horse

informal

  1. 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. 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

flogplay
  1. :  to beat with or as if with a rod or whip

    :  to criticize harshly

    :  to force or urge into action :  drive

deadplay
  1. :  deprived of life :  no longer alive

    :  having the appearance of death :  deathly

    :  lacking power to move, feel, or respond :  numb

  1. :  someone who is no longer alive :  one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

    :  the state of being dead

    :  the time of greatest quiet

  1. :  absolutely, utterly

    :  suddenly and completely

    :  directly

horseplay
  1. :  a large solid-hoofed herbivorous ungulate mammal (Equus caballus, family Equidae, the horse family) domesticated since prehistoric times and used as a beast of burden, a draft animal, or for riding

    :  racehorse

    :  a male horse

  1. :  to provide with a horse (see horse 1a(1))

    :  to move by brute force

    :  to be in heat or estrus

  1. :  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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