flog

To flog is to beat or hit, especially with a tool like a stick or rod. A cruel trainer might flog an unruly horse with a whip.

When you flog someone, you beat them as a way of punishing or controlling them. In the old days, teachers were allowed to flog misbehaving students, and it wasn't uncommon for parents to flog their children as punishment. In fact, the word flog first appeared as school slang in the late 1600s — it's thought to be a shortened form of the Latin word flagellare, "flagellate," or "whip."

Definitions of flog
  1. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    “The teacher often flogged the students”
    synonyms: lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip
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    flagellate, scourge
    whip
    leather
    whip with a leather strap
    horsewhip
    whip with a whip intended for horses
    switch
    flog with or as if with a flexible rod
    cowhide
    flog with a cowhide
    cat
    beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    birch
    whip with a birch twig
    type of:
    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  2. verb
    beat with a cane
    synonyms: cane, lambast, lambaste
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    type of:
    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
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