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

Ratcliffe is a fierce partisan who gained the spotlight last week with his tongue-lashing of former special counsel Robert Mueller. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Is Trump’s pick the right kind of intelligence chief to replace Dan Coats?," 1 Aug. 2019 Feared for their lashing winds, torrential rains, and inundating storm surges, hurricanes are potentially lethal tempests that can leave extensive damage. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Hurricane safety tips, explained," 11 July 2019 While the brain specialist in White’s play responds with a great deal of denial and defensive lashing out, Ross’ Didion is mild and contemplative, preoccupied but precise and candid almost to a fault. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Aurora goes deep into grief in Joan Didion play," 28 June 2019 On the menu: whole-roasted fish stuffed with lemongrass and ginger and served with hot-tart lashings of chili vinegar, bright red pork longganisa sausage, and rib-eye steaks brushed with a soy-and-vinegar glaze. Sunset Magazine, "This Open-Fire Filipino Feast Is Ideal for a Backyard BBQ or Campfire Gathering," 22 Jan. 2018 In Iran, that lawyer recently...for being an activist...was sentenced to 37 years and lashing every month. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Tina Brown on 10 Years of Women in the World," 11 Apr. 2019 While the rest of us wonder what to wear to holiday parties, the world’s most stylish are in full red carpet mode, which this week meant lashings of fringe, florals, and sparkle. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of November 26, 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Monday, Marcus Smith jumped offsides at one point with Wagner then giving him a strong tongue lashing, a punishment that only increased when Smith then had to run a lap, the standard punishment for such a discretion. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Impressions from day four of Seahawks training camp," 30 July 2018 Activist and lawyer Al-Khair, who defended a blogger sentenced to prison and lashings over his posts, was arrested in 2014 for signing a statement with dozens of others calling for reforms in the kingdom. Fox News, "3 Saudi human rights activists awarded "Alternative Nobel"," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lashing

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
: 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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