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flog the dolphin

vulgar slang Of a man, to masturbate.
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flog the log

vulgar slang Of a man, to masturbate.
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flog a dead horse

 and beat a dead horse
Fig. to insist on talking about something that no one is interested in, or that has already been thoroughly discussed. The history teacher lectured us every day about the importance of studying history, until we begged him to stop flogging a dead horse. Jill: I think I'll write the company president another letter asking him to prohibit smoking. Jane: There's no use beating a dead horse, Jill; he's already decided to let people smoke.
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flog someone to death

Lit. to beat someone to death with a whip. In the movie, the captain ordered the first mate to flog the sailor to death.
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flog something to death

Fig. to dwell on something so much that it no longer has any interest. Stop talking about this! You've flogged it to death. Walter almost flogged the whole matter to death before we stopped him.
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beat a dead horse

to waste time doing something that has already been attempted Do you think it's worth sending my manuscript to other publishers or I am just beating a dead horse?
See also: beat, dead, horse

flog a dead horse

  (British, American & Australian) also beat a dead horse (American)
to waste time trying to do something that will not succeed (usually in continuous tenses) You're flogging a dead horse trying to persuade Simon to come to Spain with us - he hates going abroad. Do you think it's worth sending my manuscript to other publishers or I am just beating a dead horse?
See also: dead, flog, horse

flog something to death

  (British, American & Australian informal) also beat something to death (American)
to use a particular style or to discuss a particular subject so many times that it is not interesting any more He basically takes one theme and flogs it to death for three hundred and fifty pages. No sporting event is beaten to death more than the Sugar Bowl - it is analyzed again and again by the commentators.
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beat a dead horse

Also, flog a dead horse. Try to revive interest in a hopeless issue. For example, Politicians who favor the old single-tax idea are beating a dead horse. From the 1600s on the term dead horse was used figuratively to mean "something of no current value," specifically an advance in pay or other debt that had to be worked ("flogged") off. [Second half of 1800s]
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flog

(flɑg)
tv. to promote, hype, or support something; to try to sell something aggressively. Fred was flogging this car so hard, I figured he was trying to get rid of it.
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A child of about 14 was flogged repeatedly over several days, after being accused of stealing a motorcycle.
No Australian spinner played in the two previous Tests at the WACA Ground, when India and England were flogged, the report mentioned.
The second accused was ordered to be flogged with 80 lashes only and be deported.
The flogging continues for around three minutes in this video that was shown on the national television channels in Kabul on February 18, 2010 and we are told that there was another woman who would be flogged afterwards.
CAIRO: Egypt's top Islamic authority defended women's rights to wear trousers in public following a high profile court case in neighboring Sudan were women are sometimes flogged for dressing in pants, the local press reported Wednesday.
Ten of the women were fined and flogged two days later, but Ms Hussein and two others decided to go to trial.
I prefer the people to be present so they would know the reason why I am getting flogged.
The girl was reportedly flogged by a Taleban cleric for "coming out of her house with another man who was not her husband.
Swat Taliban apparently flogged the 17-year-old without proper trial and evidence, employing flimsy charges.
To ease this tension, Pilate ordered that Jesus be flogged, hoping that would appease the crowd.
And the next writer-actor whose script requires a costar to tell him some variant of "You look hot" should be flogged.
Mel Gibson's version of the last 12 hours of Jesus' life has the Christian savior being bound and chained, thrown off a bridge, beaten and spat upon, kicked, mocked, his shoulder ripped out of its socket and in an excruciating (and repetitive) 30-minute torture scene, flogged until he's nothing more than a bloody pulp.
Shouldn't this person be publicly flogged for wasting license-payers' hard earned on yet another contrived cookery show?
The last Briton to be flogged in Saudi Arabia was John Kelly, from Weymouth, Dorset, who was given 250 lashes in 1985.
EIGHT high school students have been publicly flogged in Saudi Arabia as punishment for attacking a group of teachers.