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verb lash pronunciation in British English /læʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelashing
past tenselashed
past participlelashed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to tie something firmly to something else, or to tie two things together firmly using a rope
    The fuel tanks were lashed together, upright and side by side.
    After lashing the boat to the dock, we ran for shelter from the storm.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to hit a person or animal with a whip or thin stick, especially as a punishment
    He was regularly lashed on the buttocks by his jailers.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit something with a very strong force
      We could hear the branches lashing the side of the house.
      lash at: Branches lashed at my face.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if the wind or rain lashes something or lashes against something, it blows or falls against it with a very strong force
      lash against: The wind was still strong, and the rain lashed against the roof.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to criticize someone severely or angrily
    He lashed Lucien mercilessly with harsh words.
    lash back: He didn’t get angry. He didn’t lash back. Instead, he grinned.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to make a person or group react with a strong emotion such as anger or enthusiasm
    lash someone into something: His stirring words lashed the crowd into wild excitement.

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