Synonyms of lash in English:


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1‘removing his leather belt, he lashed her repeatedly across buttocks and thighs’


whip, flog, beat, thrash, horsewhip, scourge, birch, switch, flay, belt, strap, cane, leather

strike, hit, clout, batter, welt, hammer, pummel, belabour

informal wallop, whack, lam, tan someone's hide, give someone a hiding, give someone a good hiding, larrup

North American informal whale

archaic smite, stripe, flagellate

2‘rain lashed the window panes’


beat against, dash against, crash against, pound, batter, buffet, smack against, strike, hit, knock

3‘the tiger began to growl and lash his tail’


swish, flick, twitch, switch, whip, wave, wag

4‘fear lashed them into a frenzy’


provoke, incite, arouse, excite, agitate, stir up, whip up, work up, egg on, goad

5‘two punts were lashed to rings embedded in the stonework’


fasten, bind, tie, tie up, tether, hitch, attach, knot, rope, strap, leash, truss, fetter, make fast, secure

chain, pinion, join, connect, couple


1‘he brought the lash down upon the prisoner's back’


whip, horsewhip, bullwhip, switch, scourge, flagellum, cat-o'-nine-tails, cat, thong, flail, strap, birch, cane

historical knout

2‘he was sentenced to 50 lashes with a bamboo cane’


stroke, blow, hit, strike, welt, bang, thwack, thump

informal swipe, wallop, whack

archaic stripe


    lash out

      1‘the president lashed out at her for publicly opposing his economic policy’


      criticize, castigate, chastise, censure, attack, condemn, denounce, lambaste, harangue, rant at, rail at, haul over the coals, fulminate against, pillory, let fly

      berate, upbraid, scold, rebuke, chide, reprove, reproach, take to task


      lay into, round on, pitch into, lace into, carpet, bawl out

      British informal


      North American informal

      chew out, ream out

      2‘Norman lashed out at Terry with a chisel’


      hit out, strike, let fly, take a swing

      set upon, set about, turn on, round on, attack, weigh into


      lay into, tear into, pitch into, lace into, sail into

      3‘he considered lashing out on a taxi’


      spend lavishly, be extravagant, pay out, spend a lot of money


      splash out, push the boat out, splurge, shell out, squander money, waste money, fritter money away, go on a spending spree, go on a shopping binge