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verb (used with object),flogged, flog·ging.
  1. to beat with a whip, stick, etc., especially as punishment; whip; scourge.

  2. Slang.

    • to sell, especially aggressively or vigorously.

    • to promote; publicize.

Origin of flog

First recorded in 1670–80; perhaps blend of flay and jog, variant of jag1 “to prick, slash”; but cf. flagellate

Other words for flog

Other words from flog

  • flog·ga·ble, adjective
  • flog·ger, noun
  • o·ver·flog, verb (used with object), o·ver·flogged, o·ver·flog·ging.
  • un·flog·ga·ble, adjective

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How to use flog in a sentence

  • Thus the game was played to the end, it being a flog out from New Brighton to the Formby, and a run back each round.

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  • He carried an ash-plant in his hand to flog the horse and to strike at the dogs that crossed his way.

  • He was minded to flog an Indian or two, and thus extract information; but calmer counsels prevailed.

  • The masters here are very strict indeed, but they never flog, only lock them up in a dungeon, and have a soldier to guard it.

British Dictionary definitions for flog


/ (flɒɡ) /

verbflogs, flogging or flogged
  1. (tr) to beat harshly, esp with a whip, strap, etc

  2. (tr) British slang to sell

  1. (intr) (of a sail) to flap noisily in the wind

  2. (intr) to make progress by painful work

  3. NZ to steal

  4. 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

  5. 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

Origin of flog

C17: probably from Latin flagellāre; see flagellant

Derived forms of flog

  • flogger, noun
  • flogging, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with flog


see beat a dead horse.

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