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English definition of “lash”

lash

verb  /læʃ/ us  

lash verb (HIT)

[I/T] to hit someone or something with a lot of force, esp. using a stick or leather strip, or to move forcefully against something: [T] The men lashed their horses into a run. [I] Ice storms lashed across the state.

lash verb (TIE)

[T always + adv/prep] to tie or fasten together tightly and firmly: Lash the boat to the rail.

lash

noun [C]  /læʃ/ us  

lash noun [C] (HAIR)

an eyelash: She has enormous wide-set eyes with thick lashes.

lash noun [C] (HIT)

a thin strip of leather, or the act of hitting someone with such a strip
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