verb (flogged; flogging) Etymology: perhaps modification of Latin flagellare to whip — more at flagellate Date: circa 1676 transitive verb 1. a. to beat with or as if with a rod or whip b. to criticize harshly 2. to force or urge into action ; drive 3. a. chiefly British to sell (as stolen goods) illegally <
flogged their employers' petrol to ordinary motorists — Economist
b. sell 7 <
traveled by horse, flogging encyclopedias — Robert Darnton
c. to promote aggressively ; plug <
flying around the world flogging your movies — Peter Bogdanovich
4. British steal 1 intransitive verb 1. flap, flutter <
sails flogging
2. British to move along with difficulty ; slogflogger noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • flog — [flɔg US fla:g] v past tense and past participle flogged present participle flogging [T] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from Latin flagellare to whip ] 1.) to beat a person or animal with a whip or stick ▪ He was publicly flogged and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flog — → fliegen * * * flog, flö|ge: ↑ fliegen. * * * flog, flö|ge: ↑fliegen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • flog — flog; flog·ga·ble; flog·ger; …   English syllables

  • flog — ► VERB (flogged, flogging) 1) beat with a whip or stick as a punishment. 2) Brit. informal sell or offer for sale. 3) informal focus on or promote to excess. ● flog a dead horse Cf. ↑flog a dead horse …   English terms dictionary

  • Flog — (fl[o^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flogged} (fl[o^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flogging} ( g[i^]ng).] [Cf. Scot. fleg blow, stroke, kick, AS. flocan to strike, or perh. fr. L. flagellare to whip. Cf. {Flagellate}.] To beat or strike with a rod or whip; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flog — may refer to:*General terms: **Flagellation (also known as flogging ) **British or Australian slang meaning either sell or steal **An Australian slang term for a person who is an idiot or a tool ** During the Roman empire, to flog is to torture… …   Wikipedia

  • flog — UK US /flɒg/ verb [T] (flogging, flogged, flogs) mainly UK INFORMAL ► to sell something, especially at a cheap price: »The phone group plans to flog its new handsets for £30 apiece to people signing one year contracts. ► to sell something… …   Financial and business terms

  • flog — [ flag ] verb transitive 1. ) to hit someone very hard with a stick or whip as a punishment 2. ) MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL to sell flog something to death MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL to talk about something so much that no one else wants to hear any… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flog — [fläg, flôg] vt. flogged, flogging [? cant abbrev. of L flagellare, to whip: see FLAGELLATE] 1. to beat with a strap, stick, whip, etc., esp. as punishment 2. [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] to sell SYN. BEAT flogger n …   English World dictionary

  • flog — index beat (strike), lash (strike), punish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flog — 1670s, slang, perhaps a schoolboy shortening of L. flagellare flagellate. Related: Flogged; flogging …   Etymology dictionary

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