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 After the rabbits set her adrift with nothing but crumbs and rumbling stomach, Mouse encounters a lashing storm, and angry waves toss the bottle. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 This is extremely distressing, in this nation of animal lovers, another emotional lashing in a strange and terrible year. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 One Quin Snyder tongue-lashing later and the lull was ended, the possibility of a trap game erased. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 Your bad fashions may have been tie-dye, not stone-wash, your toys Cabbage Patch Dolls, not My Little Pony, but the desperate first crushes, the melodramatic lashing out at parents, the withering self-loathing are the same. Maria Fontoura, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2021 China’s decision to sanction an array of European officials and analysts in retaliation for the Western moves on behalf of the Uyghurs only ensured that the Chinese representative in Germany would also receive a tongue-lashing. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 25 Mar. 2021 At the hearing, Connolly oscillated between giving Republican colleagues a tongue-lashing and casting doubt on the ability of the U.S. Postal Service’s leader to address serious mail slowdowns amid a precarious financial situation. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2021 Stuhlbarg, as the real-life professor and critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, brings lashing sarcasm and high-handed command to his familiar repertory of noodgy intellect. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 On Thursday, managers of Texas' power grid, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas, are expected to receive a lashing in the first public hearings about the crisis at the state Capitol. CBS News, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of lashing

1669, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lashing was in 1669

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6 Jun 2021

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“Lashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lashing

: the act of hitting someone with a whip as a form of punishment
: ropes used for tying, wrapping, or connecting things
British, informal : a large amount of something


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

Kids Definition of lashing

: something used for tying, wrapping, or fastening


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