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 Trump’s public lashing out against mail-in voting may come too late. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Republican nightmare: Trump vote-by-mail demonizing driving down GOP participation," 26 June 2020 Westworld star Jeffrey Wright seemingly responded by posting a black-and-white photo of a 19th-century slave with lashing scars covering his exposed back. Mike Miller,, "Terry Crews sparks outrage with controversial 'Black supremacy' tweet," 8 June 2020 Some of the attention is due to President Trump’s controversial reference to looting in a tweet lashing out at demonstrations in Minneapolis. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Looting’: A Term With Roots in Protest and Conflict," 4 June 2020 Finish the lashing by tying the tag end of the line to the tag end of your original knot. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 The chief specifically singled out Gorsuch’s dissent for a lashing. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "US Supreme Court chief John Roberts takes aim at Neil Gorsuch’s “evocative” claims in EPA case," 20 Apr. 2020 Punishment for those found flouting the rules can include imprisonment or lashing, according to Amnesty International. Celine Ramseyer, CNN, "Iranian woman fears punishment after condemnation for not wearing the appropriate headscarf," 14 Apr. 2020 This is an opinion cartoon Sen. Schumer’s Trumpian tongue-lashing of Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh only hurts his party’s message on women’s rights. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Chuck Schumer ‘releases the whirlwind’ on Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh," 6 Mar. 2020 That allegation drew direct tongue-lashings from Pompeo and another senior State Department official over the last week. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo: Chinese Communist Party responsible for coronavirus 'suffering' at home and in US," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Lashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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: something used for tying, wrapping, or fastening

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