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Definition of "lash" []

  • A stroke or blow with or as if with a whip. (noun)
  • A whip. (noun)
  • The flexible portion of a whip, such as a plait or thong. (noun)
  • Punishment administered with a whip. (noun)
  • A lacerating presence or power: the lash of conscience. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lash" in a sentence
  • "I guess (even though it is hypothetical) one relation we would have to worry about is some sort of stupid political back lash from the right-wing bigots."
  • "That this play, with its strong plea for social housing, should arrive at the National in a week when affordable accommodation came under the government's lash, is tremendous."
  • "Lily Burana is as American as apple pie, dazzling as a Fourth of July firecracker, and smarter than a lash from a Senate Majority whip."