- to beat with a whip, stick, etc., especially as punishment; whip; scourge.
- to sell, especially aggressively or vigorously.
- to promote; publicize.
Origin of flog
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Examples from the Web for flog
But how hard is it to make a doll that looks like the picture of the doll you are using to flog the doll itself?ROFL : Dubious Prince William Doll Advert Banned For Not Being Accurate Representation
October 11, 2012
But now, in the present climate, the number is handy for the Pentagon to flog around town, so there it is.Michael Tomasky: Politico Assists Pentagon Scaremongering
November 23, 2011
Fyles, watching, fancied that the fugitive had begun to flog his horse.The Law-Breakers
It is impossible to get Latin into a boy unless you flog it into him.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
You flog us like children, but you forget that we are grown, and that it is more than the body that smarts.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
If I can trace a bad word to any man's mouth, I'll flog him till he can't move.The O'Ruddy
Your uncle wished me to reduce you to subjection, and to flog you till you came to your senses.Breaking Away
- (tr) to beat harshly, esp with a whip, strap, etc
- (tr) British slang to sell
- (intr) (of a sail) to flap noisily in the wind
- (intr) to make progress by painful work
- NZ to steal
- flog a dead horse mainly British
- to harp on some long discarded subject
- to pursue the solution of a problem long realized to be insoluble
- flog to death to persuade a person so persistently of the value of (an idea or venture) that he or she loses interest in it
Word Origin and History for flog
1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate." Related: Flogged; flogging.
Idioms and Phrases with flog
see beat a dead horse.