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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 flogging
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  • He remembered how Toby had got away from him once—that he too owed him a flogging.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
  • Fortunately for him the poor fellow died as a consequence of the flogging.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Only because of that flogging he had for the row in the ward last week, sir.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • I dont value a flogging a straw, nor do I regard a spatting a hair.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • If a pupil of the first class be put back into the second at Eton, he, although before exempt from flogging, becomes liable to it.

    Pedagogics as a System Karl Rosenkranz
British Dictionary definitions for flogging


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 flogging



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 flogging



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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Idioms and Phrases with flogging


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