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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.
See also: flog, log

beat a dead horse

To continue to focus on something—especially an issue or topic—that is no longer of any use or relevance. We've all moved on from that problem, so there's no use beating a dead horse.
See also: beat, dead, horse

flog a dead horse

To continue to focus on something—especially an issue or topic—that is no longer of any use or relevance. We've all moved on from that problem, so there's no use flogging a dead horse.
See also: dead, flog, horse

flog (something) to death

To linger over or discuss something so long and to such a tedious and laborious extent that the subject is no longer of any interest or relevance. I think we should move on to another topic before we flog this one to death. The film's rhetorical message has been flogged to death by everyone you talk to.
See also: death, flog

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.
See also: dead, flog, horse

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.
See also: death, flog

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.
See also: death, flog

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]
See also: beat, dead, horse

work your guts out


flog your guts out


slog your guts out

If you work your guts out, flog your guts out or slog your guts out, you work very hard. These women were amazing. They worked their guts out from 7.30 to 4.30 every day, often all evening and weekend too if they had families. I've been slogging my guts out for months, trying to get this project finished.
See also: gut, out, work

be flogging a dead horse


be beating a dead horse

If someone is flogging a dead horse, they are wasting their time trying to achieve something that cannot be done. After putting in all that hard work it feels like we're flogging a dead horse — it's all very discouraging. You're beating a dead horse on this. These guys are defeated.
See also: dead, flog, horse

flog a dead horse

waste energy on a lost cause or unalterable situation.
1971 Cabinet Maker & Retail Furnisher If this is the case, we are flogging a dead horse in still trying to promote the scheme.
See also: dead, flog, horse

ˌflog a dead ˈhorse

(British English, informal) waste your effort by trying to do something that is no longer possible: Pam’s flogging a dead horse trying to organize the theatre trip. It’s quite obvious that nobody’s interested.
If an animal or a person is flogged, it is/they are hit many times with a whip or a stick, usually as a punishment.
See also: dead, flog, horse

ˌflog something to ˈdeath

(British English, informal) talk/write about or deal with a subject so often that there is no longer any interest in it: The word ‘new’ has really been flogged to death in advertisements, and nobody believes it any more.
See also: death, flog, something


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.