- 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 flogging
According to some reports, the flogging of the new mother is to take place in less than two weeks.Obama Adds Insult to Injury for Sharia-Condemned Young Mother in Sudan
June 4, 2014
“We ask actress Leila Hatami be sentenced to one to ten years imprisonment and flogging,” the petition read.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public
May 23, 2014
“It was a flogging or worse if you even carried a match into the mine,” one of the French laborers had told Walker Hancock.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
In a nation of couch potatoes, advertisers know the value of flogging their brands when the orchestra starts to gush.What Venezuela Can Learn From Miss Universe
November 13, 2013
Yes, long before Romeo Beckham was starring in ads for Burberry, we Sykes children were flogging schmutter for our parents.The Controversial Kids’ Fashion Week
March 21, 2013
First you must have a flogging for having told an untruth, then we will see to the rest.The Imaginary Invalid
Fortunately for him the poor fellow died as a consequence of the flogging.Captain Blood
"You want a flogging, that's what you do;" said a parent to his unruly son.
I dont value a flogging a straw, nor do I regard a spatting a hair.The Comic Latin Grammar
Taxation, like flogging in the army, never comes on the right part of the back.Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
- (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 flogging
1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate." Related: Flogged; flogging.
Idioms and Phrases with flogging
see beat a dead horse.