• WordNet 3.6
    • v flog beat severely with a whip or rod "The teacher often flogged the students","The children were severely trounced"
    • v flog beat with a cane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Flog flŏg To beat or strike with a rod or whip; to whip; to lash; to chastise with repeated blows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flog To beat or strike.
    • flog Specifically To whip; chastise with repeated blows, as of a rod or whip.
    • flog To beat, in the sense of surpass; excel.
    • flog In flshing, to lash (the water) with the line.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Flog flog to beat or strike: to lash: to chastise with blows
    • pr.p Flog flog′ging; pa.p. flogged
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. fleg, blow, stroke, kick, AS. flocan, to strike, or perh. fr. L. flagellare, to whip. Cf. Flagellate


In literature:

Hal had never so nearly incurred a flogging!
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I'll find you fellows in the prison to-day who will take a good round flogging for a pound of tobacco!
"Six Years in the Prisons of England" by A Merchant - Anonymous
He doesn't look the sort of man to flog his people, does he?
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
They deserve to be flogged.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
Tell me this moment, or master shall know, and you shall be flogged.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
You've told me scores of times that you never flogged a man who was really sorry for getting into a scrape.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
Five were sentenced to be hanged in the public market, and four flogged.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Can't you tell the captain that, and perhaps he'll excuse me the flogging?
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
I asked Larry how Hoolan was going on after his flogging.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
The very first day I got on board I saw five men flogged for not being smart enough at reefing topsails.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Oh you palms under midnight’s burning rain,
When the servants flogged those tender eyes with nettles,
The hollyhock’s early fruit
Beheld your empty grave in wonder.
"Helian" by Georg Trakl
Because he had a twisted form
A man of old was slain;
They flog him in our Age of Light
For his poor twisted brain;
And, 'spite my words, the chances are
They'll do the same again.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
Durch diesen Stich ward Amor klueger.
Der unerschoepfliche Betrueger
Sann einer neuen Kriegslist nach:
Er lauscht in Rosen und Violen;
Und kam ein Maedchen sie zu holen,
Flog er als Bien heraus, und stach.
"Die Biene" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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
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
My flanks are cleansed of blood-marks, my bit-torn mouth is healed,
But again I meet my master and again he makes me yield.
Beneath the moons of midnight and through the morning haze
He flogs me, wet and trembling, down the old remembered ways.
"The Outlaw" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

View full size AP photo A man convicted of gambling grimaces as he is flogged by a sharia law officer during a public caning in Langsa, Aceh Province, Indonesia, Friday, March 9, 2012.
The reaction of many Pakistanis parallels their outrage over a March 2009 video showing a Pakistani woman in Swat being flogged repeatedly by a Taliban fighter.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's justice ministry said Thursday.
With the power steering fixed, King got his chance at flogging the Rockett Camaro.
Bush Speechwriter Flogs Horse, Re-fights the Culture Wars.
In the Swat region of Pakistan, a 17-year-old woman was publicly flogged, apparently for leaving her home without a male escort.
Jamaica to abolish slavery-era flogging law.
J amaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's justice ministry said Thursday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Jamaica is preparing to abolish a slavery-era law allowing flogging and whipping as means of punishing prisoners, the Caribbean country's justice ministry said Thursday.
Tucson News NowJamaica to abolish slavery-era flogging law.
Rock-bottom cut-price homes being flogged at less than the cost of a family saloon car drew in hundreds of eager bidders last night.
'Hawks flogged for bending it like Beckham.
(MacDonald) We have employees that I don't think if you took them out in the parking lot and flogged them would feel worse about what happened.
Flogging Molly hits highlights from their career.
Flogging Molly hits highlights from their caree.

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