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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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Examples from the Web for flogged
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  • Den Moye flogged him till he war 'most dead, and arter dat chained him up in de ole cabin and gabe him 'most nuffin' to eat.

  • Boys were flogged at boundaries, to impress the boundaries on their memory.

  • Had he not flogged his own lieutenant—but you will hear of that when the time comes.

    The Adventures of Gerard Arthur Conan Doyle
  • None of us got flogged, nor were we even threatened with the gang-way.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Now, I suppose I shall be flogged and branded as a deserter, and perhaps be hung, as that fellow says.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • But wayward children must, with all kindness, be flogged into obedience.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Meanwhile there could be no earthly reason why the girl should not be flogged.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
British Dictionary definitions for flogged


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 flogged



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flogged



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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