Definition of flog in English:

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Pronunciation: /fläɡ/

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.


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

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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Syllabification: flog

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