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lashing1

[lash-ing] /ˈlæʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that lashes.
2.
a whipping with or as if with a lash.
3.
a severe scolding; tongue-lashing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see lash1, -ing1

lashing2

[lash-ing] /ˈlæʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a binding or fastening with a rope or the like.
2.
the rope or the like used.
Origin
1660-70; lash2 + -ing1

lash1

[lash] /læʃ/
noun
1.
the flexible part of a whip; the section of cord or the like forming the extremity of a whip.
2.
a swift stroke or blow, with a whip or the like, given as a punishment:
He received 20 lashes.
3.
something that goads or pains in a manner compared to that of a whip:
the lash of his sharp tongue.
4.
a swift dashing or sweeping movement, as of an animal's tail; switch.
5.
a violent beating or impact, as of waves or rain, against something.
6.
an eyelash.
7.
Also called neck cord. a cord or a series of cords for lifting the warp in weaving a figured fabric.
verb (used with object)
8.
to strike or beat, as with a whip or something similarly slender and flexible.
9.
to beat violently or sharply against:
The rain lashed the trees.
10.
to drive by or as if by strokes of a whip:
He lashed them on to greater effort.
11.
to attack, scold, or punish severely with words:
She lashed the students with harsh criticism.
12.
to dash, fling, or switch suddenly and swiftly:
The crocodile lashed its tail.
verb (used without object)
13.
to strike vigorously at someone or something, as with a weapon or whip (often followed by out):
He lashed wildly at his attackers.
14.
to attack or reprove someone with harsh words (often followed by out):
to lash out at injustice.
15.
to move suddenly and swiftly; rush, dash, or flash:
The coiled snake lashed suddenly.
16.
Chiefly British. to spend money lavishly or foolishly (usually followed by out).
Origin
1300-50; Middle English lashe (noun), lashen (v.); perhaps of expressive orig.
Related forms
lasher, noun
lashingly, adverb
lashless, adjective
Synonyms
14. berate, scold, tongue-lash.

lash2

[lash] /læʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bind or fasten with a rope, cord, or the like.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English lasschyn, probably < Middle Dutch or Low German; compare Middle Dutch lasche patch, gusset, Dutch laschen to patch, scarf
Related forms
lasher, noun
lashingly, adverb
Synonyms
tie, secure, rope, truss.
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  • It is a race of buffaloes controlled by a whip-lashing farmer.
  • Not a drop of rain has fallen in months, and the only clouds come from sandstorms lashing across the desert.
  • But tyrants hardly tremble at her tongue-lashing, or see any consistency in the application of tougher measures.
  • The sound of wind and rain lashing the trees outside infiltrated the silence.
  • To defense attorneys, the public lashing of lenders by politicians and consumer advocates is overdue.
  • They merely see the giant lashing out, often in ways that make an already horrible situation worse.
  • Having the tape wound on the stick makes it much easier to handle while lashing the parts together.
  • The pole can be secured by a line truck boom, by ropes or guys, or by lashing a new pole alongside it.
  • Before abandonment the steering wheel was made immovable by lashing it securely.
  • Approximately three feet of cotton sash cord and a flat metal hook are provided for lashing the charge to an obstacle.
British Dictionary definitions for lashing

lashing1

/ˈlæʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
a whipping; flogging
2.
a scolding
3.
(Brit, informal) (pl) usually foll by of. large amounts; lots

lashing2

/ˈlæʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
rope, cord, etc, used for binding or securing

lash1

/læʃ/
noun
1.
a sharp cutting blow from a whip or other flexible object: twenty lashes was his punishment
2.
the flexible end or ends of a whip
3.
a cutting or hurtful blow to the feelings, as one caused by ridicule or scolding
4.
a forceful beating or impact, as of wind, rain, or waves against something
5.
See eyelash
6.
(Austral & NZ, informal) have a lash, to make an attempt at or take part in (something)
verb (transitive)
7.
to hit (a person or thing) sharply with a whip, rope, etc, esp as a punishment
8.
(of rain, waves, etc) to beat forcefully against
9.
to attack with words, ridicule, etc
10.
to flick or wave sharply to and fro: the restless panther lashed his tail
11.
to urge or drive with or as if with a whip: to lash the audience into a violent mood
See also lash out
Derived Forms
lasher, noun
lashingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: perhaps imitative

lash2

/læʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bind or secure with rope, string, etc
Derived Forms
lasher, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French lachier, ultimately from Latin laqueāre to ensnare, from laqueus noose
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Word Origin and History for lashing
n.

"a beating, flogging," c.1400, verbal noun from lash (v.1).

lash

n.

c.1300, las "a blow, a stroke," later "flexible part of a whip" (late 14c.), possibly imitative. The verb might be the source of the noun.

v.

"to strike with a whip," c.1300, "to deal a blow;" later "to whip" (late 14c.); see lash (n.). Lash out "to strike out violently" is from 1560s. Related: Lashed; lashing.

"bind," 1620s, originally nautical, from Middle French lachier, from Old French lacier "to lace" (see lace (v.)). Related: Lashed; lashing.

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