Sense: 1
Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: lacier, from Latin laqueus; LACE1
Sense: 2-5
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from the sound of a sudden sharp hit


1 verb


[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to tie something tightly to something else with a rope [= bind]
lash something to something
The oars were lashed to the sides of the boat.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] if the wind, sea etc lashes something, it hits it with violent force:
Giant waves lashed the sea wall.
lash against/down/across
The wind lashed violently against the door.


[transitive] to hit a person or animal very hard with a whip, stick etc:
Oliver lashed the horses to go faster.


[intransitive and transitive]HBA if an animal lashes its tail or its tail lashes, it moves it from side to side quickly and strongly, especially because it is angry


[intransitive and transitive] to criticize someone angrily - used especially in newspapers:
Democrats lashed Republican plans, calling them extreme.
lash back
Gallins lashed back at those who accused him of corruption.

lash out

phrasal verb
1 to suddenly speak angrily to someone or criticize someone angrily
lash out at
Olson lashed out at the media.
2 to try to hit someone, with a series of violent, uncontrolled movements
lash out at
She would suddenly lash out at other children.

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