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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
1300-1350
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for lash out

lash out

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
to burst into or resort to verbal or physical attack
2.
(Brit, informal) to be extravagant, as in spending

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 lash out

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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Idioms and Phrases with lash out

lash out

Make a sudden blow or fierce verbal attack. For example, The mule lashed out with its hind legs, or After listening to Dad's criticism of his driving, Arthur lashed out at him. [ Second half of 1500s ]
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