- an abundance; plenty (usually followed by of): strawberries with lashings of cream.
Origin of lashings
Origin of lashing1
- a binding or fastening with a rope or the like.
- the rope or the like used.
Origin of lashing2
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Examples from the Web for lashings
They have been in situ all week, with tents, Union Jacks, and lashings of cockney wisdom.Superfans Take Over Westminster Abbey
April 29, 2011
Once, he roused with a start and hastily got the axe out from underneath the lashings.White Fang
Outside, Sucatash was heaving the lashings taut on the last packs.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
It was chancing death, since once out of our lashings we were as exposed as if on a raft.Youth
With one unanimous effort we tore the lashings in pieces, and got free.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
We do not know how to understand you gentlemen when you speak of lashings.The O'Ruddy
- a whipping; flogging
- a scolding
- (plural usually foll by of) British informal large amounts; lots
- rope, cord, etc, used for binding or securing
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Word Origin and History for lashings
"a beating, flogging," c.1400, verbal noun from lash (v.1).
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