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noun (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British Informal.
  1. an abundance; plenty (usually followed by of): strawberries with lashings of cream.
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Origin of lashings

1820–30; lash1 (in the sense “to spend money lavishly or foolishly”) + -ing1 + -s3


  1. the act of a person or thing that lashes.
  2. a whipping with or as if with a lash.
  3. a severe scolding; tongue-lashing.
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Origin of lashing1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at lash1, -ing1


  1. a binding or fastening with a rope or the like.
  2. the rope or the like used.
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Origin of lashing2

First recorded in 1660–70; lash2 + -ing1
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  • Once, he roused with a start and hastily got the axe out from underneath the lashings.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • 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.


    Joseph Conrad

  • With one unanimous effort we tore the lashings in pieces, and got free.

  • We do not know how to understand you gentlemen when you speak of lashings.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

British Dictionary definitions for lashings


  1. a whipping; flogging
  2. a scolding
  3. (plural usually foll by of) British informal large amounts; lots
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  1. 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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