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vāpŭlo , āvi, 1,
I.v. neutral pass. [perh. root vap-; cf. vappo; prop. to wriggle, flutter; hence], to get a cudgelling or flogging, to be flogged.
2. Vapula, vapulet, as an opprobrious expression, you be flogged! he be flogged! like the vulg. Engl., you be hanged! he be hanged! nunc profecto vapula ob mendacium, Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 214; id. As. 2, 4, 72; id. Truc. 5, 53: “vapulet! Ne sibi me credat supplicem fore!id. Pers. 2, 3, 17: “vapulare te vehementer jubeo,id. Curc. 4, 4, 12.—Hence, prov.: vapula Papiria, of doubtful signif.; v. Fest. p. 372 Müll. —
B. Transf.
1. Of troops, like our to be beaten, i. e. to be conquered: septimam legionem vapulasse, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 1, 4.—
2. Of property, to be dissipated, squandered: “vapulat peculium,Plaut. Stich. 5, 5, 10: “multa,Sen. Q. N. 6, 7, 6.—
3. In gen., of inanim. things, to be struck, beaten: “(olea) quae vapulavit macescit,Varr. R. R. 1, 55, 1: “turris pluvio,Sen. Agam. 93.—
II. Trop., to be lashed, attacked: “omnium sermonibus vapulare,Cic. Att. 2, 14, 1.—
B. To be in trouble, to be afflicted: “sub Veneris regno vapulo, non sub Jovis,Plaut. Ps. 1, 1, 15.
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