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flog (flɒɡ



Word forms:   flogs,  flogging or ,  flogged
  1. (transitive) to beat harshly, esp with a whip, strap, etc
  2. (transitive) (British, slang) to sell
  3. (intransitive) (of a sail) to flap noisily in the wind
  4. (intransitive) to make progress by painful work
  5. (New Zealand) to steal
  6. See flog a dead horse

  7. See flog to death

Derived Forms

ˈflogger  noun
ˈflogging  noun

Word Origin

C17: probably from Latin flagellāre; see flagellant


View thesaurus entry
= sell, market, trade, dispose of, put up for sale
= beat, whip, lash, thrash, whack, scourge, hit hard, trounce, castigate, chastise, flay, lambast(e), flagellate, punish severely, beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)

Example Sentences Including 'flog'

She had taken them off in her car on Saturday -- `presumably to flog them to a dealer for some ready cash.
Innes, Hammond High Stand
If you'll flog anything to anyone for the right price, it's a bit hypocritical to condemn others for doing the same.
Adam, Paul A Nasty Dose of Death
I worked hard to flog the conversation along, and it was hard work, because I was feeling dull and heavy.
O'Brian, Patrick Testimonies


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