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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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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

be flogging a dead horse

To be continuing to focus on something—especially an issue or topic—that is no longer of any use or relevance. I don't know why you're flogging a dead horse when the rest of us have moved on from that problem.
See also: dead, flog, horse

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

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flog your guts out

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slog your guts out

INFORMAL
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

BRITISH or

be beating a dead horse

AMERICAN
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.
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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

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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But "there is no way of knowing whether the Saudi Arabian authorities will disregard the medical advice and allow the flogging to go ahead," Said Boumedouha, Amnesty's deputy Middle East and North Africa director, said in the statement.
Amnesty said children were among the detainees who had been punished with severe flogging.
While flogging is attracting international outcry and curiosity, there are many women and girls facing fines, short and long term imprisonment and other forms of corporal punishment," Njeng'ere said.
However, on Wednesday the wife, accompanied by her mother-in-law, went to the court and informed the judge that she forgave her husband and wished to see the punitive jail and flogging actions dropped, Saudi daily Al Sharq reported.
Anan added in his decision that if the prosecution warden does not carry out the flogging sentence, he should be punished according to verses 40 and 41 of the same chapter.
Yes, flogging is a severe and even brutal form of punishment.
It is true that cutting off the hands and legs as well as flogging are sanctions endorsed by Islamic Sharia, but for very specific and limited kinds of crimes, with the pure intention of minimising such crimes in Muslim society to the lowest possible level.
PESHAWAR, December 06, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Mairaja Bibi, female who became victim of Talibans brutal flogging in 2008, has filed a petition in the local court against Taliban after a lapse of three years.
SWAT, November 30, 2010 (Frontier Star): A woman who was flogged by the Taliban two years ago has surfaced and claimed that she was innocent and was wrongly accused of having a extra marital affair Talking to a private TV channel, the victim woman Saira Bibi told that she was innocent and Taliban didn't give her a chance to defend herself before punishing her by flogging her 30 times.
Today, Matt is perhaps better known as the accordion player for the Celtic punk sensation Flogging Molly, a possibility that he's not ready to ponder.
According to Islam, fornication is punishable by flogging 100 times, but at least four witnesses are needed to prove it took place - an almost impossible thing to prove.
Watched by a number of people, the flogging happened in the Khuzayee area of Moqur district on Sunday.
The large flogging spanners are now being used for the first time to restore a steam locomotive at the railway, which also has imperial-sized fittings.
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.
The News quoted the Tehreek-e-Insaf chief as saying that while people have watched the flogging of small time thieves on TV, "I myself would flog the big crooks when elected to power".