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



    BrE BrE//læʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læʃ//
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  1. 1= eyelash her long dark lashes She batted her lashes flirtatiously. She lowered her lashes in sudden embarrassment.
  2. 2a hit with a whip, given as a form of punishment They each received 20 lashes for stealing. (figurative) to feel the lash of somebody’s tongue (= to be spoken to in an angry and critical way)
  3. 3the thin leather part at the end of a whip The lash struck him across the back.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘make a sudden movement’): probably imitative.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lash