Definition of lash verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    lash

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//læʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lash
     
    he / she / it lashes
     
    past simple lashed
     
    -ing form lashing
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit someone or 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. Thesaurusbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit someone or something many times, especially hard.beat to hit someone or something many 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 offenses (= as a punishment).batter to hit someone or something hard many times, especially in a way that causes serious damage:He was badly battered about the head and face. Severe winds are battering the coast.pound to hit someone or something hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof. She pounded on the table with her fist.lash to hit someone or something with great force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea, or waves.hammer to hit someone or something hard many times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered at the lock, but it would not open. (figurative)She hammered him with difficult questions.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 someone or something in a very angry way synonym attack
  4. 4 [transitive] lash something + adv./prep. to fasten something tightly to something else with ropes Several logs were 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. Phrasal Verbslash out (at somebody/something)
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