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flog (v.)

1670s, slang, of uncertain origin. Perhaps a schoolboy shortening of Latin flagellare "flagellate" (see flagellum); Century Dictionary suggests perhaps from a Low German word "of homely use, of which the early traces have disappeared." OED finds it presumably onomatopoeic. Figurative use from 1800. Related: Flogged; flogging.

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Definitions of flog

flog (v.)
beat severely with a whip or rod;
The teacher often flogged the students
Synonyms: welt / whip / lather / lash / slash / strap / trounce
flog (v.)
beat with a cane;
Synonyms: cane / lambaste / lambast
From wordnet.princeton.edu