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flog (flɒɡ Pronunciation for flog



Word forms:  flogs,  flogging,  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

Example Sentences Including 'flog'

Apparently someone has offered to flog it to a newspaper for 20,000.
Megastar (2005)
He would flog her to death with a rubber truncheon... He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax.
Pimlott, Ben Frustrate Their Knavish Tricks
I worked hard to flog the conversation along, and it was hard work, because I was feeling dull and heavy.
O'Brian, Patrick Testimonies
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
My affluence continued when I managed to flog the player's tickets to a reporter who was a known ticket tout.
Misc (1999)
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
So here's what I'd do if I was the Government: flog the thing off.
New Zealand Herald (2003)


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