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

     

    lash

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//læʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lash
    BrE BrE//læʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læʃ//
     
    he / she / it lashes
    BrE BrE//ˈlæʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæʃɪz//
     
    past simple lashed
    BrE BrE//læʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læʃt//
     
    past participle lashed
    BrE BrE//læʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læʃt//
     
    -ing form lashing
    BrE BrE//ˈlæʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæʃɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit somebody/something with great force synonym pound + adv./prep. The rain lashed at the windows. Branches lashed at my face. lash something Huge waves lashed the shore. Synonymsbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit somebody/​something many times, especially hard.beat to hit somebody/​something a lot of times, especially very hard:Someone was beating at the door. A young man was found beaten to death last night. At that time, children were often beaten for quite minor offences (= as a punishment).batter to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in way that causes serious injury or damage:He had been badly battered around the head and face. Severe winds have been battering the coast.pound to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof.lash to hit somebody/​something with a lot of force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea or waves.hammer to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered the door with his fists.pound or hammer? There is not much difference in meaning between these two, but to pound is sometimes a steadier action. To hammer can be more violent and it is often used figuratively.Patterns to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer somebody/​something with something to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer against something to beat/​batter/​pound/​hammer on something to beat/​batter/​hammer something down the rain/​wind/​sea beats/​batters/​pounds/​lashes (at) something
  2. 2[transitive] lash somebody/something to hit a person or an animal with a whip, rope, stick, etc. synonym beat
  3. 3[transitive] lash somebody/something to criticize somebody/something in a very angry way synonym attack See related entries: Anger
  4. 4[transitive] lash something + adv./prep. to fasten something tightly to something else with ropes Several logs had been lashed together to make a raft. During the storm everything on deck had to be lashed down.
  5. 5[intransitive, transitive] lash (something) to move or to move something quickly and violently from side to side The crocodile's tail was lashing furiously from side to side.
  6. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘make a sudden movement’): probably imitative.Extra examples Harriet lashed out with her riding whip. He suddenly lashed out in anger. She lashed the horse to a post. The boats were lashed together. The cat hissed and lashed its tail wildly from side to side. The rain lashed down onto the road. The wind lashed against the trees. Great waves lashed the shore. The rain and hail lashed the mountainside. Phrasal Verbslash outlash out on something
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