verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of lash

1300–50; Middle English lashe (noun), lashen (v.); perhaps of expressive orig.
Related formslash·er, nounlash·ing·ly, adverblash·less, adjective

Synonyms for lash Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lash out

lash out

verb (intr, adverb)

to burst into or resort to verbal or physical attack
British informal to be extravagant, as in spending




a sharp cutting blow from a whip or other flexible objecttwenty lashes was his punishment
the flexible end or ends of a whip
a cutting or hurtful blow to the feelings, as one caused by ridicule or scolding
a forceful beating or impact, as of wind, rain, or waves against something
have a lash Australian and NZ informal to make an attempt at or take part in (something)

verb (tr)

to hit (a person or thing) sharply with a whip, rope, etc, esp as a punishment
(of rain, waves, etc) to beat forcefully against
to attack with words, ridicule, etc
to flick or wave sharply to and frothe restless panther lashed his tail
to urge or drive with or as if with a whipto lash the audience into a violent mood
See also lash out
Derived Formslasher, nounlashingly, adverb

Word Origin for lash

C14: perhaps imitative




(tr) to bind or secure with rope, string, etc
Derived Formslasher, noun

Word Origin for lash

C15: from Old French lachier, ultimately from Latin laqueāre to ensnare, from laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lash out



c.1300, las "a blow, a stroke," later "flexible part of a whip" (late 14c.), possibly imitative. The verb might be the source of the noun.



"bind," 1620s, originally nautical, from Middle French lachier, from Old French lacier "to lace" (see lace (v.)). Related: Lashed; lashing.



"to strike with a whip," c.1300, "to deal a blow;" later "to whip" (late 14c.); see lash (n.). Lash out "to strike out violently" is from 1560s. Related: Lashed; lashing.

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Idioms and Phrases with lash out

lash out

Make a sudden blow or fierce verbal attack. For example, The mule lashed out with its hind legs, or After listening to Dad's criticism of his driving, Arthur lashed out at him. [Second half of 1500s]

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