[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.

Nearby words

  1. flocking,
  2. flocky,
  3. flodden,
  4. floe,
  5. floeberg,
  6. flokati,
  7. flong,
  8. flood,
  9. flood basalt,
  10. flood control

Origin of flog

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

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British Dictionary definitions for flogger


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 flogger



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

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Idioms and Phrases with flogger


see beat a dead horse.

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