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flog

[flog, flawg] /flɒg, flɔg/
verb (used with object), flogged, flogging.
1.
to beat with a whip, stick, etc., especially as punishment; whip; scourge.
2.
Slang.
  1. to sell, especially aggressively or vigorously.
  2. to promote; publicize.
Origin
1670-1680
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
Synonyms
1. thrash, lash.
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Examples for flog
  • IF it were not meant to flog sneakers, it could be a sociology experiment.
  • Baker's successors have continued to flog less for over two centuries.
  • There is lots of opportunity for agents with a product to flog.
  • For us, it means that these companies are going to flog existing franchises until their coats are foaming and they break down.
  • Not when you manage to flog almost eight million shares.
  • It may not have time to flog much of this patrimony before it goes to the polls.
  • But sometimes the features that they do flog are so far away from what really matters, it's almost laughable.
  • The health trend has provided new ways to flog old products.
  • More rarely, two or more artists may collaborate but then disagree about who has authority to flog their co-production.
  • Meanwhile, the few genuine stars were induced to flog their precious gifts to the point of exhaustion.
British Dictionary definitions for flog

flog

/flɒɡ/
verb flogs, flogging, flogged
1.
(transitive) to beat harshly, esp with a whip, strap, etc
2.
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to sell
3.
(intransitive) (of a sail) to flap noisily in the wind
4.
(intransitive) to make progress by painful work
5.
(NZ) to steal
6.
(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
7.
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
v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for flog

flog

verb

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]


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