flog

verb \ ˈfläg \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of flog

flogged; flogging
transitive verb
1 a : 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
3 a chiefly British : to sell (something, such as stolen goods) illegally
  • flogged their employers' petrol to ordinary motorists
  • Economist
b : sell 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 1
intransitive verb
1 : flap, flutter
  • sails flogging
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

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Origin and Etymology of flog

perhaps modification of Latin flagellare to whip — more at flagellate



FLOG Defined for English Language Learners

flog

verb

Definition of flog for English Language Learners

  • : to beat or whip (someone) severely


FLOG Defined for Kids

flog

verb \ ˈfläg \

Definition of flog for Students

flogged; flogging
: to beat severely with a rod or whip


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