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flog Syllabification: flog

Definition of flog in English:

verb (flogs, flogging, flogged)

[with object]
1Beat (someone) with a whip or stick as punishment or torture: the stolen horses will be returned and the thieves flogged (as noun flogging) public floggings
More example sentences
  • He handed it to one of the pirates in order to take the real whip he intended on flogging her with.
  • Was it Pontius Pilate and the Roman soldiers who had flogged him, beaten him, and crucified him?
  • It's not like the old days when they'd flog someone one day and get beaten the next.
1.1 informal Promote or talk about (something) repetitively or at excessive length: rather than flogging one idea to death, they should be a lighthearted pop group
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  • The story suffocates under endless speechifying and analysis in which each point is flogged to death.
  • However, there's a danger that a successful formula be flogged to death.
  • A marketing department gets stuck on one promotional idea and just flogs it to death.
2British informal Sell or offer for sale: he made a fortune flogging beads to hippies
More example sentences
  • But my point is, how many tickets do you need to flog to sell out a rugby ground - 10-15,000?
  • Last year retailer Argos hit the headlines when it tried to flog Sony TVs for just £3.
  • UK resellers selling cheap Microsoft software are not necessarily flogging pirated goods.


Late 17th century (originally slang): perhaps imitative, or from Latin flagellare 'to whip', from flagellum 'whip'.

  • Originally a slang word, which might be from Latin flagellare ‘to whip’, or could just have been formed in imitation of the noise of a whip being wielded. Flog meaning ‘to sell’ started life as military slang, probably during the First World War. See also horse



Pronunciation: /ˈfläɡər/
Example sentences
  • Britain is simply not ready to be led by an English nationalist hanger-and-flogger who attracts to his camp individuals who believe in the repatriation of immigrants.
  • As U-turns go, it makes the recent conversion of that MP from hanger and flogger to the acceptable face of breakfast TV seem inconsequential.
  • Like the sadistic Victorian flogger telling his victim that ‘this hurts me more than it hurts you’, Moll is - if we follow this line of explanation - a double-dyed hypocrite.

Words that rhyme with flog

agog, befog, blog, bog, clog, cog, dog, fog, grog, hog, Hogg, hotdog, jog, log, nog, prog, slog, smog, snog, sprog, tautog, tog, trog

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