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flăgello , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. flagellum, whip, scourge, lash (poet. and in postAug. prose).
II. Transf.: “flagellent colla comae,beat, dangle against his face, Mart. 4, 42, 7: “sertaque mixta comis sparsa cervice flagellat,” i. e. shakes, Stat. Th. 10, 169; cf. id. ib. 3, 36: “flagellatus aër,Plin. 2, 45, 45, § 116: “si puteal multa cautus vibice flagellas,” i. e. practise outrageous usury, Pers. 4, 49: cujus laxas arca flagellat opes, presses down, i. e. encloses, Mart. 2, 30, 4; 5, 13, 6; cf.: prout aliquis praevalens manceps annonam flagellet, keeps back commodities, i.e. maintains them at too high a price, Plin. 33, 13, 57, § 164.
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