\ˈfläg \
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

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While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ’ price-setters should be flogged for profiteering, the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 does indeed set new benchmarks for pickup-truck refinement, cabin content, efficiency and enormity. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 Younis had been detained and flogged by IS militants for selling cigarettes on the black market to make ends meet, according to his mother, Nada Hassan. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 Younis had been detained and flogged by IS militants for selling cigarettes on the black market to make ends meet, according to his mother, Nada Hassan. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "A neighbor's word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 And Spain has flogged its tiki-taka game of possession and passing to death and needs to find a new path to victory and without midfielder Andres Iniesta, who retired after Spain's loss to Russia in the first knockout round. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "With World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty," 10 July 2018 The car is comfortable enough, however, and reasonably quiet except when the little engine is flogged. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 2018 The pupils were being flogged by a teacher in front of their school Wednesday morning in the remote town of Ayetoro, Ogun State, northwest of Lagos. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigerian students tied to crucifixes and beaten for coming late to school," 18 May 2018 People will find out your job, your company and everything else about you in order to publicly flog you for making statements like this. Monique Judge, The Root, "When Will White People Learn That Racist Social Media Posts Will Haunt Them Forever?," 27 June 2018 Still, recruiters have flogged those benefits for years, with little to show for it. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "The US military: The greatest social engineering machine ever built," 9 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of flog

: to beat or whip (someone) severely


\ˈfläg \
flogged; flogging

Kids Definition of flog

: to beat severely with a rod or whip

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