lash·​ing ˈla-shiŋ How to pronounce lashing (audio)
: 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 Kanye’s ill-will towards the plaintiff ultimately culminated in a vulgar lashing in front of schoolchildren and their parents. Lisa France, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 In 2022, the pop star shaved her eyebrows on Instagram Live after her new bald look took a lashing from fans. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2024 Scenes of wartime destruction in Aleppo are realized with impressive authenticity, courtesy of juddering sound work and Julie Berghoff’s textured production design, while a shivery, waterborne finale, staged under relentless lashings of rain, attains a genuine air of heart-in-mouth peril. Guy Lodge, Variety, 25 Feb. 2024 The headband, June 2004 Getty Images Cast your mind back to the 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, when Mrs. Prada demonstrated how to dress up a fine knit with lashings of costume jewellery. Julia Hobbs, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 Fleming succumbed at age 56: The short spasm, shortened further by 70 cigarettes a day and lashings of booze, was over. James Parker, The Atlantic, 12 Feb. 2024 Russian officials, pro-war bloggers, conservative activists and members of the Russian Orthodox Church swung into action, delivering a public lashing to the party’s celebrity attendees that extended to legal action and that pulled stars from state TV. Paul Sonne, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Downstairs is another matter, with contemporary Argentinian art, lashings of marble and a 52-foot pool. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 Either way, the bike is finished beautifully, with lashings of chrome, billet aluminum, and handmade parts. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lashing was in 1669

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“Lashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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lash·​ing ˈlash-iŋ How to pronounce lashing (audio)
: something used for tying, wrapping, or fastening
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