Definition of flog
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 motorists — Economistb : sell 7 traveled by horse, flogging encyclopedias — Robert Darnton flogging wares at the local discount outlet — Ronald Henkoffc : to promote aggressively : plug flying around the world flogging your movies — Peter Bogdanovich
4 British : steal 1
2 British : to move along with difficulty : slog
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 of flog from the Web
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It probably only reflects the foolish, stale snark of some poor intern tasked in finding a way to flog the same donors for another $5.
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Roy and other Medicaid critics flog the Oregon study’s finding of no measurable effect on high blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar, which are markers of coronary risk and diabetes.
He was flogged with wires, part of the frequent beatings inflicted by guards against all the detainees.
He was flogged with wires, part of the frequent beatings inflicted by guards against all the detainees, the AP found.
In late 1989, Muslim militants advocated flogging the dancers for wearing scanty outfits in public.
Treblinka survivors testified that Ivan the Terrible had also savaged Jews, breaking arms and legs with a steel pipe, cutting off ears and noses with a sword, and flogging women and children with sadistic glee.
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FLOG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flog for English Language Learners
: to beat or whip (someone) severely
FLOG Defined for Kids
Definition of flog for Students
: to beat severely with a rod or whip
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