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Physical ForcePlay
Used to describe a strong, physical action, usually in anger or frustration. SlideThe boy lashed at the tree branch with a stick.
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Sudden MovementPlay
Indicates a quick, sometimes reflexive, motion or response. SlideThe cat lashed its tail before pouncing.
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Aggressive ConnotationPlay
Often associated with aggressive or violent actions, not gentle ones. SlideIn the debate, the candidate lashed into his opponent mercilessly.