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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?
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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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Dart-poison flogs deposit tadpoles in water-holding plants," says Jack Cover, general curator of fishes and rainforest exhibits at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Golden flogs wave at each other with their front legs.
Generally, the word toad is used to describe stocky flogs that walk rather than hop, live primarily on land, and have dry skin with poison-filled warts.
Originally scientists believed that poison flogs manufactured their own poison.
According to Caldwell, the most poisonous flogs are found in Colombia.
Last year, the students released more than 500 flogs in the wild.
By the end of the school year, the class had released about 80 flogs into the wild.
The ubiquitous Sarah Ferguson, also known as the Duchess of York, turned up Friday in Essen, Germany, to open an international car show as part of a tour to flog her autobiography, ``My Story.