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lashings

[lash-ingz] /ˈlæʃ ɪŋz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British Informal.
1.
an abundance; plenty (usually followed by of):
strawberries with lashings of cream.
Origin of lashings
1820-1830
1820-30; lash1 (in the sense “to spend money lavishly or foolishly”) + -ing1 + -s3

lashing1

[lash-ing] /ˈlæʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that lashes.
2.
a whipping with or as if with a lash.
3.
a severe scolding; tongue-lashing.
Origin
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at lash1, -ing1

lashing2

[lash-ing] /ˈlæʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a binding or fastening with a rope or the like.
2.
the rope or the like used.
Origin
First recorded in 1660-70; lash2 + -ing1
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  • Once, he roused with a start and hastily got the axe out from underneath the lashings.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Outside, Sucatash was heaving the lashings taut on the last packs.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • It was chancing death, since once out of our lashings we were as exposed as if on a raft.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • With one unanimous effort we tore the lashings in pieces, and got free.

  • We do not know how to understand you gentlemen when you speak of lashings.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • He was handicapped as he had been all along by the absence of the vines one could use for lashings.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • Besides this, the canvas was made fast with lashings and ropes to the poles.

  • He flourished his clasp-knife and bent and cut the lashings.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • In all haste he pulled his clasp-knife and cut the lashings which held the boat in its chocks.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for lashings

lashing1

/ˈlæʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
a whipping; flogging
2.
a scolding
3.
(Brit, informal) (pl) usually foll by of. large amounts; lots

lashing2

/ˈlæʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
rope, cord, etc, used for binding or securing
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Word Origin and History for lashings

lashing

n.

"a beating, flogging," c.1400, verbal noun from lash (v.1).

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