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[flog, flawg] /flɒg, flɔg/
verb (used with object), flogged, flogging.
to beat with a whip, stick, etc., especially as punishment; whip; scourge.
  1. to sell, especially aggressively or vigorously.
  2. to promote; publicize.
Origin of flog
1670-80; perhaps blend of flay and jog, variant of jag1 to prick, slash; but cf. flagellate
Related forms
floggable, adjective
flogger, noun
overflog, verb (used with object), overflogged, overflogging.
unfloggable, adjective
unflogged, adjective
1. thrash, lash. Unabridged
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  • Captain Burgess, Macklewain tells me you are going to flog Kirkland.

  • It is impossible to get Latin into a boy unless you flog it into him.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • In the morning she was tied up to the captain's bed, with her face close to his, and a person was ordered to flog her.

    The Guinea Voyage James Field Stanfield
  • If I can trace a bad word to any man's mouth, I'll flog him till he can't move.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Sometimes it takes the form of a theory which holds that one can at will flog anything into or out of a pupil.

    Pedagogics as a System Karl Rosenkranz
  • Your uncle wished me to reduce you to subjection, and to flog you till you came to your senses.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • She has had him under the thong altogether, and has not found it difficult to flog him when she had got him by the hind leg.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
  • What did Parasyte mean when he said your uncle wished him to flog you into subjection?

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for flog


verb flogs, flogging, flogged
(transitive) to beat harshly, esp with a whip, strap, etc
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to sell
(intransitive) (of a sail) to flap noisily in the wind
(intransitive) to make progress by painful work
(NZ) to steal
(mainly Brit) flog a dead horse
  1. to harp on some long discarded subject
  2. to pursue the solution of a problem long realized to be insoluble
flog to death, to persuade a person so persistently of the value of (an idea or venture) that he or she loses interest in it
Derived Forms
flogger, noun
flogging, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Latin flagellāre; see flagellant
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Word Origin and History for flog

1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate." Related: Flogged; flogging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flog



To offer for sale; peddle, esp in the sense of public hawking: I went to the convention to flog a new book/ Motel and bus companies flog special charter rates

[British 1919+ fr armed forces; fr British slang flog the clock, ''move the clockhands forward in order to deceive,'' applied later to the illicit selling of military stores]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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