- 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 flogged
In one recent case, he said a man accused of kidnapping was hung from an iron bar and flogged with a machete.How Nigeria’s Stupidly Brutal Cops Botch the Hunt for Boko Haram
May 14, 2014
But it was a ruse; Northup was kidnapped, flogged, and sold for $1,000 at a slave market in New Orleans.The Woman Who Saved Solomon
October 20, 2013
Since December 21, we have been flogged with news item after news item about the threatened closure of Russian adoption.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All
Dr. Jane Aronson
December 29, 2012
Boys were flogged when criminals were hanged, to impress the awful warning on them.
Boys were flogged at boundaries, to impress the boundaries on their memory.
None of us got flogged, nor were we even threatened with the gang-way.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
But wayward children must, with all kindness, be flogged into obedience.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
His eyes wandered, his lips trembled, and he looked like a man who had been flogged.The Christian
- (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 flogged
1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate." Related: Flogged; flogging.
Idioms and Phrases with flogged
see beat a dead horse.