flog

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verb \ˈfläg\

Definition of flog

flogged

flogging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to beat with or as if with a rod or whip b :  to criticize harshly

  3. 2 :  to force or urge into action :  drive

  4. 3 a chiefly British :  to sell (as stolen goods) illegally <flogged their employers' petrol to ordinary motorists — Economist> b :  sell 7 <traveled by horse, flogging encyclopedias — Robert Darnton> c :  to promote aggressively :  plug <flying around the world flogging your movies — Peter Bogdanovich>

  5. 4 British :  steal 1

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  flap, flutter <sails flogging>

  8. 2 British :  to move along with difficulty :  slog

flogger

noun

Examples of flog in a sentence

  1. The sailors were flogged for attempting a mutiny.

  2. <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



FLOG Defined for English Language Learners

flog

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verb \ˈfläg\

Definition of flog for English Language Learners

  • : to beat or whip (someone) severely


FLOG Defined for Kids

flog

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verb \ˈfläg\

Definition of flog for Students

flogged

flogging

  1. :  to beat severely with a rod or whip


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