a beating, especially with a whip or scourge:Punishments included public flogging, imprisonment, or death by stoning.
aggressive promotion or advertising:The writer is annoyed by the flogging and over-coverage of the World Cup, a sporting event he claims few Americans know or care much about.
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How to use flogging in a sentence
They point to the country’s arrest of critics, the execution of nonviolent offenders, the heavy air bombardment of Houthi rebels in Yemen, and the use of flogging as punishment for homosexuality, which remains a crime in Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia Faces Accusations of ‘Sportswashing.’ For Young Saudis, It’s a Chance to Enjoy New Freedoms | Vivienne Walt / Jeddah | December 10, 2021 | Time
I’m not trine be all performative smurf & create a social flogging or start some clickbait headlines.DaBaby Gets DaBusiness For Claiming He Doesn’t Know Questlove | cmurray | July 30, 2021 | Essence.com
“For fear the slaves should run away, while unable to work from flogging, He kept them chained till they could work again,” Grandy wrote.The Great Dismal Swamp was a refuge for the enslaved. Their descendants want to preserve it. | Meagan Flynn | April 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Knight realized the law allowed rich men to stay home while poor men fought — so he deserted, only to find himself hog-tied, hauled to military jail and likely flogged.These Pioneers Tried to Get the Confederate Flag Out of Mississippi 156 Years Ago | Fiona Zublin | December 3, 2020 | Ozy
I decided that if I was going to make it through the pregnancy, I needed to stop flogging myself with embarrassment.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed. | Anonymous | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to some reports, the flogging of the new mother is to take place in less than two weeks.Obama Adds Insult to Injury for Sharia-Condemned Young Mother in Sudan | Nina Shea | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We ask actress Leila Hatami be sentenced to one to ten years imprisonment and flogging,” the petition read.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public | IranWire | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“It was a flogging or worse if you even carried a match into the mine,” one of the French laborers had told Walker Hancock.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler | Robert Edsel | February 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a nation of couch potatoes, advertisers know the value of flogging their brands when the orchestra starts to gush.
The poor devil willingly undertook to deliver it, and the marshal, as directed, caused the bearer to receive a hearty flogging.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
He spoke against capital punishment, against church-rates, against flogging in the army, and against the Irish Established Church.
For a flogging is oftentimes the only punishment of which a rough and ill-conditioned boy is afraid.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
Happily I had done some service to two or three slaves among the party, and had saved them more than once from a flogging.The Missing Ship | W. H. G. Kingston
Well, Miss Sommers herself was good enough to tell me that it would probably mean flogging to death.The Middy and the Moors | R.M. Ballantyne