drawing of a woman receiving a lash (3)




  • To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
  • To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
  • To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
  • To scold; or to satirize; to censure with severity.
  • To ply the whip; to strike.
  • To utter censure or sarcastic language.
  • To fall heavily, especially in the phrase lash down
  • To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.



Similar words


  • From Middle English lashe, lasshe, lasche, from Proto-Germanic *laskô ("flap of fabric, strap").
    Cognate with Dutch lasch, las, German Low German Laske, Lask, German Lasche ("a flap; joint; strap; tongue; scarf"), Swedish lask ("scarf"), Icelandic laski ("the bottom part of a glove").
  • From Middle French lachier, from Old French lacier ("to lace")
  • From Old French lasche (French lâche).

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