\ ˈfläg How to pronounce flog (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Selling vehicles directly forges a bond with buyers that may help flog services in the future. The Economist, 11 Apr. 2021 Garuda is not the only Asian airline to flog its food to the land-lubbing public. The Economist, 29 Aug. 2020 And right on time the opponents of fossil fuels are flogging a sloppy study that ties pollutants to coronavirus deaths. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 May 2020 Democrats, seeking more than $500 billion to cover costs of police, fire and other front-line workers, have flogged McConnell for his opposition and his suggestion that states could instead take a bankruptcy option out. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, 1 May 2020 Trump has flogged Merkel’s policies throughout his campaign and presidency. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2020 Many retailers flogging non-essential goods are stuck with useless inventory—with more piling up as pre-pandemic orders stream in from factories in faraway emerging markets. The Economist, 18 Apr. 2020 Hard to make that case -- the media has not been guilty of flogging quack cures. The Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2020 The fear now is that, since the pieces are too recognisable to be sold intact, the robbers will break out the diamonds and sapphires to flog them separately. The Economist, 28 Nov. 2019

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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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Last Updated

17 Apr 2021

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“Flog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flog. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flog

: to beat or whip (someone) severely


\ ˈfläg How to pronounce flog (audio) \
flogged; flogging

Kids Definition of flog

: to beat severely with a rod or whip

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