lash·ing | \ˈla-shiŋ \

Definition of lashing 

: something used for binding, wrapping, or fastening

Examples of lashing in a Sentence

They gave the sailor a lashing. She put lashings of butter on her muffin.

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Prevented by federal law from expelling existing black residents, its constitution banned any further blacks from entering, living, voting, or owning property in Oregon (the only state to do this), to be enforced by lashings for violators. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Also unwelcome would be the public tongue-lashings Mr Xi might face from an American president who is currently all sweetness and light in his personal expressions towards China’s leader. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Aside from its stables, Chantilly is also known for its lace production, and lashings appeared throughout the collection as graphic inlays, dense ruffles and skirt pleats. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 Once the Strykers finally arrived, the troops discovered that the lashing rains and snow of a European autumn doubled the amount of maintenance needed to get them back into fighting shape, Lackey said. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How U.S. troops could get stuck in a traffic jam on their way to fend off war with Russia," 24 June 2018 Morrissey, who accused Boston of being a bad neighbor and trying to force its plans to develop a recovery campus on Long Island, took a verbal lashing from Boston councilors. Milton J. Valencia,, "Norfolk DA Morrissey wears out welcome at Boston City Council meeting over bridge plans," 6 June 2018 In another era, all these violations would be punishable with a lashing or jail sentences. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "As Taboos Break Down, Iranians Party On," 2 June 2018 When a sailor threatened to report him as a smuggler, Arnold led a gang that inflicted a lashing in reprisal. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018 Michelle Obama, meanwhile, received a public lashing in 2011 for wearing a poppy red Alexander McQueen ball gown to the Chinese state dinner at the White House. Dana Thomas, Town & Country, "Does it Really Matter That Melania Doesn't Wear American?," 27 Mar. 2017

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1669, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lashing

: the act of hitting someone with a whip as a form of punishment

lashings : ropes used for tying, wrapping, or connecting things

lashings : a large amount of something


lash·ing | \ˈla-shiŋ \

Kids Definition of lashing

: something used for tying, wrapping, or fastening

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to reject or criticize sharply

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