flogged like a rented mule

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 30 16:09:44 UTC 2000

>        Several years ago I heard John Sterling, the lead voice on
>the NY Yankees radio broadcasts, use the expression "to beat like a
>rented mule".  I don't remember the statement precisely, though I'm
>sure it was "beat", not "flog"; nor the context, except that it
>referred to sports, presumably baseball.

It's an expression I hear regularly on sports highlight shows
(SportsCenter and the like), usually in reference to hockey. The
canonical trope is "X team beat Y (opponent's goalie) like a rented
mule", typically when said goalie lets in a few shots he should have

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