Definition of flog verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flog

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//flɒɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɑːɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flog
    BrE BrE//flɒɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɑːɡ//
     
    he / she / it flogs
    BrE BrE//flɒɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɑːɡz//
     
    past simple flogged
    BrE BrE//flɒɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɑːɡd//
     
    past participle flogged
    BrE BrE//flɒɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɑːɡd//
     
    -ing form flogging
    BrE BrE//ˈflɒɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɑːɡɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] flog somebody to punish somebody by hitting them many times with a whip or stick He was publicly flogged for breaking the country's alcohol laws.
  2. 2(British English, informal) to sell something to somebody flog something (to somebody) She flogged her guitar to another student. flog something (off) We buy them cheaply and then flog them off at a profit. flog somebody something I had a letter from a company trying to flog me insurance.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally slang): perhaps imitative, or from Latin flagellare ‘to whip’, from flagellum ‘whip’.Idioms (informal) to waste your effort by trying to do something that is no longer possible
    flog something to death
     
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    (British English, informal) to use an idea, a story, etc. so often that it is no longer interesting The story has been flogged to death in the press.
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