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[lash] /læʃ/

an ocean-going vessel equipped with special cranes and holds for lifting and stowing cargo-carrying barges that can be sailed up inland waterways or into port facilities from offshore.
a sharp cutting blow from a whip or other flexible object: twenty lashes was his punishment
the flexible end or ends of a whip
a cutting or hurtful blow to the feelings, as one caused by ridicule or scolding
a forceful beating or impact, as of wind, rain, or waves against something
See eyelash
(Austral & NZ, informal) have a lash, to make an attempt at or take part in (something)
verb (transitive)
to hit (a person or thing) sharply with a whip, rope, etc, esp as a punishment
(of rain, waves, etc) to beat forcefully against
to attack with words, ridicule, etc
to flick or wave sharply to and fro: the restless panther lashed his tail
to urge or drive with or as if with a whip: to lash the audience into a violent mood
(transitive) to bind or secure with rope, string, etc

c.1300, las “a blow, a stroke,” later “flexible part of a whip” (late 14c.), possibly imitative. The verb might be the source of the noun.

“to strike with a whip,” c.1300, “to deal a blow;” later “to whip” (late 14c.); see lash (n.). Lash out “to strike out violently” is from 1560s. Related: Lashed; lashing.

“bind,” 1620s, originally nautical, from Middle French lachier, from Old French lacier “to lace” (see lace (v.)). Related: Lashed; lashing.


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