[flog, flawg]

verb (used with object), flogged, flog·ging.

to beat with a whip, stick, etc., especially as punishment; whip; scourge.
  1. to sell, especially aggressively or vigorously.
  2. to promote; publicize.

Origin of flog

1670–80; perhaps blend of flay and jog, variant of jag1 to prick, slash; but cf. flagellate
Related formsflog·ga·ble, adjectiveflog·ger, nouno·ver·flog, verb (used with object), o·ver·flogged, o·ver·flog·ging.un·flog·ga·ble, adjectiveun·flogged, adjective

Synonyms for flog

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Contemporary Examples of flog

Historical Examples of flog

  • Fyles, watching, fancied that the fugitive had begun to flog his horse.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • It is impossible to get Latin into a boy unless you flog it into him.

  • You flog us like children, but you forget that we are grown, and that it is more than the body that smarts.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • If I can trace a bad word to any man's mouth, I'll flog him till he can't move.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Your uncle wished me to reduce you to subjection, and to flog you till you came to your senses.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for flog


verb flogs, flogging or flogged

(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
  1. to harp on some long discarded subject
  2. 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
Derived Formsflogger, nounflogging, noun

Word Origin for flog

C17: probably from Latin flagellāre; see flagellant
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Word Origin and History for flog

1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate." Related: Flogged; flogging.

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Idioms and Phrases with flog


see beat a dead horse.

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