The law provided slaves with virtually no protection from their masters. On large plantations this power was delegated to overseers. These men were under considerable pressure from the plantation owners to maximize profits. They did this by bullying the slaves into increasing productivity.
A Taste of the Lash
lash - definition, etymology and usage, examples and related words
A quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object. Nouns denoting acts or actions. Leather strip that forms the flexible part of a whip. Nouns denoting man-made objects. Any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids. Nouns denoting body parts. Past simple: lashed.
Jump to navigation. In what has the potential of leaving you both, disturbed and horrified, an Iranian women recently opened up about being treated to at least 80 lashes on her back. Well, she committed the 'crime' of attending a party with male guests. Reportedly, the women committed the above-mentioned 'crime' two years ago when she attended a party in the Iranian city of Mashhad.
There's a memory that has defined my life: I'm standing in line in a long, dark hallway, handcuffed to a friend, while listening to the horrifying sound of two other friends screaming out in pain. I'm in a jail in Iran's capital, Tehran, and I'm about to be served my punishment: 40 lashes. My friends emerge from a room down the hall, tears streaming down their faces and blood staining the backs of their shirts. I can barely breathe as I wait for the guards to call my name. Finally, it's my turn.