They are trying to flog their house.
In those days, children were flogged as a punishment.
In these places people starved, were flogged, were clubbed to death.
Flog them soundly.
vi. to flog a dead horse：老生常谈；谈论过时的话题；做无用功；白费力气；徒劳无益
I'm not going to flog a dead horse any further.
vi. to flog sth to death：因卖力游说…使人厌烦；游说…过度以至招人烦
The subject has been flogged to death.
I knew exactly how difficult it is flogging through thirty problems a day without assistance.