• WordNet 3.6
    • n flogging beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & n Flogging from Flog v. t.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flogging A chastisement; a beating or whipping.
    • n flogging A lashing of water with a fish-line.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.”
  • Anthony Trollope
    Anthony Trollope
    “He must have known me if he had seen me as he was wont to see me, for he was in the habit of flogging me constantly. Perhaps he did not recognize me by my face.”


Flogging a dead horse - (UK) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're flogging a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.


In literature:

He did not, however, flog me that day.
"The History of Mary Prince" by Mary Prince
Sometimes this extreme sentence was mitigated, and we flogged them.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
That fellow Jonas was going to flog Dan, and I stopped him this morning, and mother takes his part against me.
"With Lee in Virginia" by G. A. Henty
A very few days had elapsed before I had become a genuine Etonian, which a boy is never accounted until he has been once flogged.
"Confessions of an Etonian" by I. E. M.
The next Sunday he went, and when he came home he got the promised flogging.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
He had never been flogged, and he said he never would be.
"A Flat Iron for a Farthing" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
On the day that they were tied up at the edge of the swamp, one of U Saw's retainers had been cruelly flogged for some misdemeanour.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
Now flog your hen, that it may bring you ducats.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
Of Valpy my father would tell how once he had flogged a day-boy, whose father came the next day to complain of his severity.
"Two Suffolk Friends" by Francis Hindes Groome
Mighty few floggings went on 'round and about.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various

In poetry:

Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen Lande,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.
"Mondnacht (Moonlit Night)" by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
I leave them this time,
With this merciful rhyme,
I wish not to flog very hard;
If their manners don't mend,
Ere next I attend,
They shall feel all the ire of a bard.
"Lines, Written At The Blue Ball, Rochdale." by Samuel Bamford
I was always stiff and stubborn since I could recollect,
And had an awful temper, and never would reflect;
And always into trouble--I remember once at school
The teacher tried to flog me, and I reversed that rule.
"George Mullen's Confession" by James Whitcomb Riley
When turnips were a filling crop,
In scorn they jumped a butcher's shop:
Or, spite of threats to flog and souse,
They jumped for shame a public-house:
And much their legs were seized with rage
If passing by the vicarage.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Geology and botany
A hundred wonders shall diskiver,
We'll flog and troll in strid and hole,
And skim the cream of lake and river,
Blow Snowdon! give me Ireland for my pennies,
Hurrah! for salmon, grilse, and—Dennis, Dennis, Dennis!
"Fishing Song: To J.A. Froude and Tom Hughes" by Charles Kingsley
John A. Calhoun, my Joe John; your temper must be sour;
Your scholars pester you, John; you flog them every hour.
But leave the rod behind you, John, when from the school you go,
Or else you may get flogged yourself, John A. Calhoun, my Joe.
"John A. Calhoun, My Joe John" by David John Scott

In news:

REVIEWS Flogging Molly, 'Speed of Darkness.
Flogging Molly Rage Against CEOs on 'Speed of Darkness'.
It's St Patrick's Day, and for Celtic punk bands like L.A.'s Flogging Molly and local boyos Keltic Cowboys, today is the biggest day of the year.
King Abdullah's decision followed intense media attention sparked by Saturday's sentencing of journalist Rozanna al-Yami, who was ordered flogged by a judge in the western city of Jiddah.
Flogging Molly's Dave King Bets on Detroit.
Flogging Molly's Road To Success Chronicled In Feature-Length Documentary Out July 25 Published May 3, 2006.
Flogging Molly prefers lullabies of the drunken sort.
A Flogging Sentence Brings a Cry of Pain in U.S. Search All NYTimes.com.
A new survey indicates Americans are more optimistic about the job market than they have been in recent months, meaning everyone's flogging employers with their resumes.
We get random actors flogging their new movie.
Jamaica prepares to rid penal code of slavery-era flogging law.
All I want is my boyfriend to let me get flogged.
A court in the Maldives has ordered a public flogging for a 16-year-old girl who confessed to having pre-marital sex, in a ruling yesterday that triggered widespread criticism from rights groups.
Flogging Molly unites Celtic, punk and crowd at Sands Bethlehem Event Center.
)–accompanied by Flogging Molly's If I Ever Leave This World Alive.

In science:

The first one (FLOG) is an observation log updated as soon as fr ame exposure is completed.
The All Sky Automated Survey
In fact raw magnitudes are stored in the PHOT database and only the calibration coefficients are saved for each frame in the FLOG records.
The All Sky Automated Survey
On the surprising longevity of flogged horses: Why there is a case for the significance test.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
The score functions associated with these angular functions are denoted by Klin(a) for flin(a) , Klog(a) for flog(a) and Klogis(a,b) for flogis(a,b) .
Efficient ANOVA for directional data
An obvious question is whether the map Oq : f → f ′ is injective: are there any non-trivial f ∈ Flog with O0 f = 0 and O1 f = 0? If we restrict ourselves to the function space Flog then we find that we can exactly determine the kernel of the operator O := (O0 , O1 ).
Four-Point Functions in Logarithmic Conformal Field Theories