- the flexible part of a whip; the section of cord or the like forming the extremity of a whip.
- a swift stroke or blow, with a whip or the like, given as a punishment: He received 20 lashes.
- something that goads or pains in a manner compared to that of a whip: the lash of his sharp tongue.
- a swift dashing or sweeping movement, as of an animal's tail; switch.
- a violent beating or impact, as of waves or rain, against something.
- an eyelash.
- Also called neck cord. a cord or a series of cords for lifting the warp in weaving a figured fabric.
- to strike or beat, as with a whip or something similarly slender and flexible.
- to beat violently or sharply against: The rain lashed the trees.
- to drive by or as if by strokes of a whip: He lashed them on to greater effort.
- to attack, scold, or punish severely with words: She lashed the students with harsh criticism.
- to dash, fling, or switch suddenly and swiftly: The crocodile lashed its tail.
- to strike vigorously at someone or something, as with a weapon or whip (often followed by out): He lashed wildly at his attackers.
- to attack or reprove someone with harsh words (often followed by out): to lash out at injustice.
- to move suddenly and swiftly; rush, dash, or flash: The coiled snake lashed suddenly.
- Chiefly British. to spend money lavishly or foolishly (usually followed by out).
Origin of lash1
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- to bind or fasten with a rope, cord, or the like.
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- an ocean-going vessel equipped with special cranes and holds for lifting and stowing cargo-carrying barges that can be sailed up inland waterways or into port facilities from offshore.
Origin of LASH
Examples from the Web for lash
And activists have used the semi-anonymity of social media to lash out against the government.Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown
October 18, 2014
But all of them add up to a coiled-up rage, ready to lash out at the nearest target.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
And when you peacefully protest their stereotyping of you, they lash back at you and they call you horrendous, horrific names.Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal
June 25, 2014
Hammami followed his video by taking to Twitter to lash out at Shabaab and its emir.Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars
February 16, 2014
The unending negotiations have given Israel the domestic stability to lash out in the region, using its American made weapons.The Oslo Accords Have Served U.S. and Israeli Interests, But Not Palestine's
September 16, 2013
But the lash of the whip found his face, and marked it for a time worse than the small-pox.Weighed and Wanting
Even the puling creature writhed under the lash of Mary's tones.Within the Law
His hand was smarting as though struck with the lash of a whip.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
But having a raisin in my mouth I could not on the instant respond to the lash.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Does it hold back the lash from the slave, or sweeten his bitter bread?The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- a sharp cutting blow from a whip or other flexible objecttwenty lashes was his punishment
- the flexible end or ends of a whip
- a cutting or hurtful blow to the feelings, as one caused by ridicule or scolding
- a forceful beating or impact, as of wind, rain, or waves against something
- See eyelash
- have a lash Australian and NZ informal to make an attempt at or take part in (something)
- to hit (a person or thing) sharply with a whip, rope, etc, esp as a punishment
- (of rain, waves, etc) to beat forcefully against
- to attack with words, ridicule, etc
- to flick or wave sharply to and frothe restless panther lashed his tail
- to urge or drive with or as if with a whipto lash the audience into a violent mood
- (tr) to bind or secure with rope, string, etc
Word Origin and History for lash
c.1300, las "a blow, a stroke," later "flexible part of a whip" (late 14c.), possibly imitative. The verb might be the source of the noun.
"bind," 1620s, originally nautical, from Middle French lachier, from Old French lacier "to lace" (see lace (v.)). Related: Lashed; lashing.