- 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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1. thrash, lash.
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Examples from the Web for flogger
How could the flogger of urchins be otherwise than animated and joyous?The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Why should there be a distinction between the flogger and the flogged?Mr. Midshipman Easy
Captain Frederick Marryat
It is also known under the name of flogger, the latter seemingly the more appropriate of the two.Graining and Marbling
The sentence of the court was carried out by a scourger, sometimes called flagellator, or flogger.The Book of the Bush
I no more care for a flogging than a boy does at Eton: and only let the flogger beware—I will be a match for him, I warrant you.
- (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
C17: probably from Latin flagellāre; see flagellant
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Word Origin and History for flogger
1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate." Related: Flogged; flogging.
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Idioms and Phrases with flogger
see beat a dead horse.
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