Definition of flog in 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’
    • ‘They should flog him and flay him if they so desire.’
    • ‘One was a German sadist who flogged him into becoming a Greek scholar.’
    • ‘If you spoke while you were milking, you were flogged with a stockwhip.’
    • ‘He was flogged regularly for smoking, truancy and fighting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘He has frequently flogged her severely with a leather strap, and brutally kicked her.’’
    • ‘It's not like the old days when they'd flog someone one day and get beaten the next.’
    • ‘I'm not normally a violent person but I felt like flogging him with a full stocking.’
    • ‘Was it Pontius Pilate and the Roman soldiers who had flogged him, beaten him, and crucified him?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pace arrow flogs you if your speed dips below your current ride average.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And would somebody please verbally flog me for the alliteration in the last sentence?’
    • ‘Some of the crowd threw stones at him as he was flogged, hands tied to a pole.’
    • ‘If you could just flog us lightly, we'd be ever in your debt.’
    • ‘You really got a funny look on your face, when I was talking about my fantasy public flogging session on Benny.’
    • ‘He handed it to one of the pirates in order to take the real whip he intended on flogging her with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why does it feel like a public flogging every time you have to speak in class?’
    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’
      • ‘A marketing department gets stuck on one promotional idea and just flogs it to death.’
      • ‘However, there's a danger that a successful formula be flogged to death.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2British informal Sell or offer for sale.

    ‘he made a fortune flogging beads to hippies’
    • ‘Then someone doing a dull and witless job in Ireland rings and tries to flog me a new credit card.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Coincidentally, one of the salesmen who tried to flog me a car was an Assyrian Christian from Kirkuk!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘An estate agent in March is flogging off ex Royal Observation Corps nuclear bunkers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year retailer Argos hit the headlines when it tried to flog Sony TVs for just £3.’
    • ‘But my point is, how many tickets do you need to flog to sell out a rugby ground - 10-15,000?’
    • ‘Heck, he could probably flog you a crummy endowment mortgage and a rubbish personal pension plan.’
    • ‘The Alhambra was the place to be and tickets were flogged on the black market.’
    • ‘UK resellers selling cheap Microsoft software are not necessarily flogging pirated goods.’
    • ‘About 300 shops sell used wares, and heck, even the airport and post office flog the goods.’
    • ‘She was last seen working as a merchant banker flogging pork belly futures to Mongolian sheepherders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was also a photograph of a dirty foot that some joker was flogging for two grand.’
    • ‘One thing they had in abundance and were merrily flogging off was a strange collapsible bag-thing with a mesh top.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So the award must be for flogging off services to the private companies.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/fläɡ//flɑɡ/