Definition of flog in US English:

flog

verb

[with object]
  • 1Beat (someone) with a whip or stick as punishment or torture.

    ‘public floggings’
    ‘the stolen horses will be returned and the thieves flogged’
    • ‘‘He has frequently flogged her severely with a leather strap, and brutally kicked her.’’
    • ‘He was flogged, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and followed around by a group of vehement opponents who wanted new followers of Jesus to revert back to old religious ideas.’
    • ‘Some of the crowd threw stones at him as he was flogged, hands tied to a pole.’
    • ‘Peter felt this question, asked only out of concern and worry, to be the final stroke of the whip of ignominy that had flogged him all afternoon.’
    • ‘If you spoke while you were milking, you were flogged with a stockwhip.’
    • ‘You really got a funny look on your face, when I was talking about my fantasy public flogging session on Benny.’
    • ‘One was a German sadist who flogged him into becoming a Greek scholar.’
    • ‘Pace arrow flogs you if your speed dips below your current ride average.’
    • ‘Unfreid didn't want the boys expelled, so instead he called them and their teacher down to the school basement, took off his belt and had the teacher flog him until the boys admitted they were wrong.’
    • ‘And would somebody please verbally flog me for the alliteration in the last sentence?’
    • ‘In the midst of it all, I found that for every person who publicly flogged me there was another who agreed with my position entirely.’
    • ‘He was flogged until his back was bloody, forcing him to sleep on his stomach in the tiny cell in prison in which he was jailed.’
    • ‘If you could just flog us lightly, we'd be ever in your debt.’
    • ‘He handed it to one of the pirates in order to take the real whip he intended on flogging her with.’
    • ‘It's not like the old days when they'd flog someone one day and get beaten the next.’
    • ‘He was flogged regularly for smoking, truancy and fighting.’
    • ‘Was it Pontius Pilate and the Roman soldiers who had flogged him, beaten him, and crucified him?’
    • ‘They should flog him and flay him if they so desire.’
    • ‘Why does it feel like a public flogging every time you have to speak in class?’
    • ‘I'm not normally a violent person but I felt like flogging him with a full stocking.’
    whip, scourge, flagellate, lash, birch, switch, tan, strap, belt, cane, thrash, beat, leather, tan someone's hide, whip someone's hide, give someone a hiding, beat the living daylights out of
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    1. 1.1informal Promote or talk about (something) repetitively or at excessive length.
      ‘rather than flogging one idea to death, they should be a lighthearted pop group’
      • ‘The story suffocates under endless speechifying and analysis in which each point is flogged to death.’
      • ‘Long term readers will recognise the pattern of sudden, annoying innovation, briefly flogged then permanently abandoned.’
      • ‘However, there's a danger that a successful formula be flogged to death.’
      • ‘A marketing department gets stuck on one promotional idea and just flogs it to death.’
  • 2British informal Sell or offer for sale.

    ‘he made a fortune flogging beads to hippies’
    • ‘There is an advertisement for some new generation of anti-bacterial surface cleaner running on television that shamelessly exploits every maternal insecurity to flog us turbo-charged soap.’
    • ‘So the award must be for flogging off services to the private companies.’
    • ‘The Alhambra was the place to be and tickets were flogged on the black market.’
    • ‘Then someone doing a dull and witless job in Ireland rings and tries to flog me a new credit card.’
    • ‘Heck, he could probably flog you a crummy endowment mortgage and a rubbish personal pension plan.’
    • ‘One thing they had in abundance and were merrily flogging off was a strange collapsible bag-thing with a mesh top.’
    • ‘Fantastically beautiful place, once you plough through the hawkers outside desperately trying to flog you the little red book (which is, obviously, both red and little).’
    • ‘Last year retailer Argos hit the headlines when it tried to flog Sony TVs for just £3.’
    • ‘Art and life have become merged by their geniuses, and that rare talent has been turned into sophisticated ways of flogging us even more stuff.’
    • ‘There was also a photograph of a dirty foot that some joker was flogging for two grand.’
    • ‘The next phase of book marketing is online promotion, where authors can flog their books year round on their websites, before they're even released.’
    • ‘But my point is, how many tickets do you need to flog to sell out a rugby ground - 10-15,000?’
    • ‘UK resellers selling cheap Microsoft software are not necessarily flogging pirated goods.’
    • ‘Coincidentally, one of the salesmen who tried to flog me a car was an Assyrian Christian from Kirkuk!’
    • ‘About 300 shops sell used wares, and heck, even the airport and post office flog the goods.’
    • ‘King himself has acknowledged that he's ‘the literary equivalent of a Big Mac’, and his books sell on a comparable scale - no writer now living has flogged as many copies.’
    • ‘Not everyone, of course, is entirely happy at the thought of the moon and planets being turned into commercial real estate and flogged off to the first comer with a box of chocolates thrown in.’
    • ‘The real shock came in 2002 in Birmingham, England's biggest city outside London, where tenants voted two to one against flogging off their houses.’
    • ‘She was last seen working as a merchant banker flogging pork belly futures to Mongolian sheepherders.’
    • ‘An estate agent in March is flogging off ex Royal Observation Corps nuclear bunkers.’
    sell, put on sale, put up for sale, offer for sale, vend, retail, trade in, deal in, traffic in, peddle, hawk, advertise
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Origin

Late 17th century (originally slang): perhaps imitative, or from Latin flagellare ‘to whip’, from flagellum ‘whip’.

Pronunciation

flog

/flɑɡ//fläɡ/