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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.
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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.
See also: death, flog, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, to
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Then it reached them through the Press that they habitually flogged to death good revenue-paying cultivators who neglected to stop earths; but that the few, the very few who did not die under hippohide whips soaked in copperas, walked about on their gangrenous ankle-bones, and were known in derision as the Mudir's Cranes.
In a format that Clarkson and co flogged to death, the three men bought three old bangers and pounded them to bits in a three-day journey to Afar, the site that scientists have decided gave birth to the human race.
It is just trying to find the balance because they will be flogged to death eventually."
They described the crammed Northern train as "filthy, a cheap product that has been neglected and flogged to death." Does the Secretary of State agree with the Mayor of Manchester that Northern Rail is now in the last chance saloon?
Summary: New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report claiming that a 40-year-old Dalit rag picker in Rajkot district's Shapar village has been flogged to death over collecting scraps in a village.
Patna: A six-year-old kindergarten student at a private school in Bihar was allegedly flogged to death after his parents failed to pay the tuition fees on time.
These young players are being flogged to death, beyond anything that's acceptable in modern day sport.
Families of the guilty men petitioned the Home Secretary for reprieves, but few people among the general public supported them and a side petition calling for the gang members to be flogged to death received lukewarm support.
The Armageddon line has been flogged to death but instead of going down the tubes, many clubs have cleared the decks.
And given the demands such a programme places on players Allardyce says are "flogged to death" at this time of year, the Black Cats boss says he will rotate his squad throughout that testing January week.
"The regions are all working with theWRUso that the best players remain in an environment where they are looked after, kept in prime condition and not flogged to death. "When a player goes out of Wales he doesn't get 13 days off before an international.
These crime dramas were OK the first time round, but have been flogged to death. So we could really do without more primetime reruns of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Inspector George Gently and Midsomer Murders (featuring Inspector Barnaby) Next Saturday, to really rub it in, BBC1 'treats' us to a repeat of Tonight The Night.
He's being flogged to death in training at the moment.