Definition of lashing in English:



  • 1A beating with a stick or whip.

    ‘I threatened to give him a good lashing!’
    figurative ‘he was on the receiving end of a verbal lashing yesterday’
    • ‘It's a far greater thing to sit in a witness box under the tongue lashing of a ‘wig’ than to babble a complaint to a Garda in the heat of the moment.’
    • ‘If not because we labored through the pain and verbal lashings only to limp our way onto the school bus the following morning, then because there's a great chance we could pass on this foul knowledge to the youngsters in our charge.’
    • ‘Miss Ophelia goes to Marie and tells her that Rosa is very sorry for her fault and that she feels a lashing from a whipping house is too harsh a punishment.’
    • ‘As part of a greater show of strength and power, they might also incorporate verbal lashings into rituals of humiliation, made all the more painful by being staged in public.’
    • ‘The playing of music brought the penalty of a public lashing, audio cassettes were smashed and the tapes fluttered from telegraph posts in most cities.’
    • ‘She would've seen who was boss with his verbal lashing.’
    • ‘His disbelief stems from the fact that his rise to fame seemed to end as quickly as it started, which he blames on over-exposure, bad career choices and a lashing from the media.’
    • ‘Nobody appreciates a moral lashing from a pal, especially if it's over insignificant Hollywood rumors or other trite stuff.’
    • ‘His response had been a severe lashing with a whip, and she had never argued audibly again.’
    • ‘We could do nothing as our classmate next to us whimpered as they received a verbal lashing after catching the hardass's eyes when they took a glance at the clock.’
    • ‘Take a politician, any politician, add a little humour, some venom, some wit, a good lashing of ridicule and then throw it at your audience.’
    • ‘But the government too came in for a lashing for not doing enough to prevent a rerun of last winter's disasters.’
    • ‘Customers were less casual about buying tapes in the presence of usually rare foreign visitors, aware that they run the risk of a public lashing if found in possession of music.’
    • ‘I don't know which I felt more, relief at having escaped a physical beating or humiliation over his verbal lashing.’
    • ‘Sources say that he got a verbal lashing from other councillors.’
    • ‘Tessa had not backed down, not an inch, during her entire tirade of reprimands and verbal lashings.’
    • ‘While we are taught to refrain from striking out in anger, we are far less restrained when it comes to verbal lashings.’
    • ‘Meanwhile two of Australia's intelligence agencies have received a lashing in a report from a US-based think-tank.’
    • ‘Now that the truth was out, Kat was prepared to get the verbal lashing of her life.’
    • ‘The court has ordered that her lashing not be carried out until she delivers the baby.’
    flogging, whipping, beating, scourging, lashing, birching, switching, tanning, strapping, belting, caning, thrashing, flailing, flaying, welting, horsewhipping, spanking
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  • 2A cord used to fasten something securely.

    ‘the lashings used by primitive peoples are more efficient than metal fastenings’
    • ‘With the wind starting to blow harder, the fore and main topsails were handed and storm lashings secured.’
    • ‘With some of the lashings and supports removed after the long sea journey, the Swan is due to leave Portsmouth at around 11 am and will sail into the Solent, anchoring around half a mile offshore in the Stokes Bay area.’
    • ‘Some of the attachments will be removed today in Portsmouth Harbour, then Swan will sail out into the Solent and dock down, refloating the destroyer as the final lashings are removed.’
    • ‘Great settlements of wood and mud spanned the entirety of the canopy, secured by countless stilts and lashings that reached far down to the shadowed underbrush, effectively creating the effect of a floating city.’
    • ‘Her museum replicas followed the archaeologists' drawings, which omitted several straps and slits in the sole lashings.’