Definition of flog in English:


Syllabification: flog
Pronunciation: /fläg

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
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    • 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
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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