lash·​ing | \ ˈla-shiŋ How to pronounce lashing (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Customers sweating over a lack of lashing points can breathe a sigh of relief. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2022 The promised learning experience was delivered in the form of hands-on hard labor and the occasional tongue-lashing. New York Times, 6 July 2022 The tongue-lashing Newsom delivered last week was different. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Rolling eyes at an adult meant, at a minimum, a tongue lashing. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2022 An inflatable Santa Claus that had survived the lashing winds swayed forlornly in the air, its affable face a striking contrast to the destruction. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 If anything, McCauliffe’s lashing of Trump’s endorsement probably backfired by reassuring Trump’s base that Youngkin was OK without scaring other voters away. Clarence Page,, 5 Nov. 2021 Owning a video player device could also have led to a public lashing. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 But Kyle has thoroughly sucked for the past four weeks and is overdue for a public lashing. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lashing

1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Lashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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lash·​ing | \ ˈla-shiŋ How to pronounce lashing (audio) \

Kids Definition of lashing

: something used for tying, wrapping, or fastening


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