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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
given a fair crack of the whip
▪ They feel they haven’t been given a fair crack of the whip.
three-line whip
whipped cream (=made thick and light by beating it)
whipped cream
whipping boy
whipping cream (=that becomes thick when you beat it)
whipping cream
whip/whisk/beat the cream (=make it thicker by beating it)
▪ Whip the cream until it is thick and light.
▪ When the milk is ready, place it in a food processor or whip it into cream.
▪ Just before serving, fold in the whipping cream or CoolWhip and serve topped with cherries if desired.
▪ It is not possible to whip light cream in the home kitchen without the use of a special additive.
▪ In another bowl whip heavy cream until stiff.
▪ The liquid mix would be whipped in the same manner as whipping cream.
▪ Advantages of the nondairy toppings over whipping cream are lower fat content, lower cost per serving, and greater convenience.
▪ Despite these advantages the lover of good food prefers whipping cream.
▪ The transition from backswing to downswing is similar to a stagecoach driver whipping his horse team.
▪ Our friend from the smoke, vigorously lashing away like a cab driver whipping a lazy horse, caught three.
▪ Gregson felt the wind whipping around him, felt the chill grow more intense.
▪ Untraveledroadie: You feel not the draft, the wind whipping through the cracks in my soul.
▪ A harsh wind was whipping litter and grit off the street and the occasional pink or blue leaflet.
▪ Three, four floors up, wind whipping at his clothes until the cops would come or somebody would freak out.
▪ You can feel the cold winds whipping across the barren island of Smuttynose as Maren relates her disturbing story.
a fair crack of the whip
give sb a fair crack of the whip
the Chief Whip
▪ Top-ranked Duke whipped the Harvard team, 118-65.
▪ A bond he could whip and drive.
▪ A forty quid software voucher awaits the sender of the best letter - so whip out yer biros and get scribbling!
▪ Gregson felt the wind whipping around him, felt the chill grow more intense.
▪ In a separate mixing bowl, whip egg whites until firm but not dry.
▪ The vice president grabbed Cyrus's long microphone cord and and began whipping it around like a lariat.
▪ If there was trouble and they became unhappy, a direct visit to the leader or the chief whip would usually suffice.
▪ The prime minister re-defined the responsibilities of the Tory chief whip.
▪ Lord Hesketh, the government's chief whip, knows that backwoodsmen need delicate handling.
▪ After his party's heavy defeat in the subsequent general election, Ellis stayed on as chief whip.
▪ Members of the House of Lords in receipt of the Conservative whip.
▪ Cabinet ministers were fairly evenly divided on the issue but the Prime Minister and the Conservative whips voted against any change.
▪ Colleagues call the former Democratic deputy whip gregarious and determined; he is a leading figure in the Latino world.
▪ With the advent of term limits in the state Legislature, Orange County will have the whip hand.
▪ This caused a big row, but the union, as the far bigger partner, had the whip hand.
▪ Joe grinned, cracked a playful whip and lightly tweaked the reins.
▪ On February 22, Dawson and the others cracked the whip and the vote poured out.
▪ He could hear the wings cracking, like whips beating the air.
▪ They crack cart whips to drive away evil spirits.
▪ She cracked her whip and he responded.
a fair crack of the whip
crack the whip
▪ As editor, Dorothy likes to crack the whip.
▪ On February 22, Dawson and the others cracked the whip and the vote poured out.
give sb a fair crack of the whip
the Chief Whip
▪ He dragged on the reins and drew the buggy around, flaying the horse with his whip.
▪ Katharine tickled Benji with the whip to keep the activity and the bend until he was back on the track.
▪ On February 22, Dawson and the others cracked the whip and the vote poured out.
▪ Outside, there was arm-twisting and heavy pressure as the Tory whips rounded on potential rebels.
▪ So they sent in four coachmen who stood with whips extended between them to hold back the mob.
▪ The soldier is closer, his boots crush the stubble, his whip splits the air.
▪ These whips dictated not only the shape but also the size of the boxing ring.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Whip \Whip\, v. i. To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner.

With speed from thence he whipped.

Two friends, traveling, met a bear upon the way; the one whips up a tree, and the other throws himself flat upon the ground.


Whip \Whip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whipped; p. pr. & vb. n. Whipping.] [OE. whippen to overlay, as a cord, with other cords, probably akin to G. & D. wippen to shake, to move up and down, Sw. vippa, Dan. vippe to swing to and fro, to shake, to toss up, and L. vibrare to shake. Cf. Vibrate.]

  1. To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender and lithe; to lash; to beat; as, to whip a horse, or a carpet.

  2. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.

  3. To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat; as, to whip a vagrant; to whip one with thirty nine lashes; to whip a perverse boy.

    Who, for false quantities, was whipped at school.

  4. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.

    They would whip me with their fine wits.

  5. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.

  6. To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.

  7. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass. [Slang, U. S.]

  8. To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a seam; to wrap; -- often with about, around, or over.

    Its string is firmly whipped about with small gut.

  9. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread; as, to whip a ruffle.

    In half-whipped muslin needles useless lie.

  10. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into, out, up, off, and the like.

    She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her arm.

    He whips out his pocketbook every moment, and writes descriptions of everything he sees.

  11. (Naut.)

    1. To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.

    2. To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.

  12. To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip. Whipping their rough surface for a trout. --Emerson. To whip in, to drive in, or keep from scattering, as hounds in a hurt; hence, to collect, or to keep together, as member of a party, or the like. To whip the cat.

    1. To practice extreme parsimony. [Prov. Eng.]

    2. To go from house to house working by the day, as itinerant tailors and carpenters do. [Prov. & U. S.]


Whip \Whip\, n. [OE. whippe. See Whip, v. t.]

  1. An instrument or driving horses or other animals, or for correction, consisting usually of a lash attached to a handle, or of a handle and lash so combined as to form a flexible rod. ``[A] whip's lash.''

    In his right hand he holds a whip, with which he is supposed to drive the horses of the sun.

  2. A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip.

  3. (Mach.)

    1. One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.

    2. The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.

  4. (Naut.)

    1. A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.

    2. The long pennant. See Pennant (a)

  5. A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.

  6. (Eng. Politics)

    1. A person (as a member of Parliament) appointed to enforce party discipline, and secure the attendance of the members of a Parliament party at any important session, especially when their votes are needed.

    2. A call made upon members of a Parliament party to be in their places at a given time, as when a vote is to be taken.

  7. A whipping motion; a thrashing about; as, the whip of a tense rope or wire which has suddenly parted; also, the quality of being whiplike or flexible; flexibility; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club.

  8. (Mech.) Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion, as a spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit, or a rocking certain piano actions. Whip and spur, with the utmost haste. Whip crane, or Whip purchase, a simple form of crane having a small drum from which the load is suspended, turned by pulling on a rope wound around larger drum on the same axle. Whip gin. See Gin block, under 5th Gin. Whip grafting. See under Grafting. Whip hand, the hand with which the whip is used; hence, advantage; mastery; as, to have or get the whip hand of a person. --Dryden. Whip ray (Zo["o]l.), the European eagle ray. See under Ray. Whip roll (Weaving), a roll or bar, behind the reeds in a loom, on which the warp threads rest. Whip scorpion (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of arachnids belonging to Thelyphonus and allied genera. They somewhat resemble true scorpions, but have a long, slender bristle, or lashlike organ, at the end of the body, instead of a sting. Whip snake (Zo["o]l.), any one of various species of slender snakes. Specifically:

    1. A bright green South American tree snake ( Philodryas viridissimus) having a long and slender body. It is not venomous. Called also emerald whip snake.

    2. The coachwhip snake.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., wippen "flap violently," not in Old English, of uncertain origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wipjan "to move back and forth" (cognates: Danish vippe "to raise with a swipe," Middle Dutch, Dutch wippen "to swing," Old High German wipf "swing, impetus"), from PIE *weip- "to turn, vacillate, tremble" (see vibrate). "The senses of both [noun and verb] no doubt represent several independent adoptions or formations" [OED]. The cookery sense is from 1670s. Related: Whipped; whipping. Whip snake first recorded 1774, so called for its shape.


"instrument for flagellating," early 14c., from whip (v.) and perhaps in part from Middle Low German wippe "quick movement." In parliamentary use from 1850 (the verb in this sense is recorded from 1742), from the sense in fox-hunting. The parliamentary whip's duty originally was to ensure the attendance of party members on important occasions.


n. 1 A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals. 2 # The same instrument used to strike a person or animal for corporal punishment or torture. 3 (context hunting English) A whipper-in. 4 (context politics English) A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policy in votes. 5 Whipped cream. 6 (context nautical English) A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage. 7 (context African American Vernacular English English) A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation. 8 (context roller derby English) A move in which one player transfers momentum to another. 9 A whipping motion; a thrashing about. 10 The quality of being whiplike or flexible; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club. 11 Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion, such as a spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit, or a rocking certain piano actions. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To hit with a whip. 2 (context transitive English) By extension, to hit with any flexible object. 3 (context transitive slang English) To defeat, as in a contest or game. 4 (context transitive English) To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food. 5 (context transitive English) To urge into action. 6 (context transitive nautical English) To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling. 7 (context transitive nautical English) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip. 8 To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread. 9 (context transitive English) To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.

  1. n. an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

  2. a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline [syn: party whip]

  3. a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit

  4. (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club

  5. a quick blow with a whip [syn: lash, whiplash]

  6. [also: whipping, whipped]

  1. v. beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced" [syn: flog, welt, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounce]

  2. defeat thoroughly; "He mopped up the floor with his opponents" [syn: worst, pip, mop up, rack up]

  3. thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash; "The tall grass whipped in the wind"

  4. strike as if by whipping; "The curtain whipped her face" [syn: lash]

  5. whip with or as if with a wire whisk; "whisk the eggs" [syn: whisk]

  6. subject to harsh criticism; "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community" [syn: blister, scald]

  7. [also: whipping, whipped]

Whip (dance)

Whip is a kind of swing dance, danced to rhythm and blues music.

Whip (disambiguation)

A whip is a stick, cord, or strap, usually with a stiff handle, used for striking or as an animal training aid.

Whip or whips or The Whip may also refer to:

Whip (politics)

A whip is an official in a political party whose primary purpose is to ensure discipline in a legislature. Whips are the party's "enforcers", who typically offer inducements and threaten party members to ensure that they participate according to the official party policy. A whip's role is also to ensure that the elected representatives of their party are in attendance when important votes are taken. The usage comes from the hunting term "whipping in", i.e. preventing hounds from wandering away from the pack.

The term "whip" is also used to mean:

  • the voting instructions issued to members by the whip, or
  • in the UK and Ireland, a party's endorsement of a member of parliament (MP) or a Teachta Dála (TD); to "withdraw the whip" is to expel an MP or TD from his or her parliamentary party. (The elected member in question would retain his or her parliamentary seat, as an independent, i.e. not associated with any parliamentary party. However, in the Irish system, the party retains all funding and staffing resources allocated to it on behalf of that member for the duration of the parliamentary term.)

WHIP (1350 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an oldies radio format. It is licensed in Mooresville, North Carolina, USA. The station is currently owned by Mooresville Media, Inc. WHIP has been serving Mooresville, NC and Iredell County since 1950. It has been owned and operated by Glenn and Martha Hamrick since 1976. WHIP also broadcasts Davidson Wildcats basketball and football games.

Whip (tree)

A whip is a slender, unbranched shoot or plant. This term is used in forestry to refer to unbranched young tree seedlings of approximately 0.5-1.0 m (1 ft 7 in-3 ft 3 in) in height and 2–3 years old that have been grown for planting out.

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Whip (comics)

The Whip is the alias used by different characters in DC Comics with four of them being superheroes. The third one, although both better known and obscure at the same time, made his first appearance in Flash Comics #1. The fourth Whip appeared in 2005 and was created by Grant Morrison. The fifth Whip appeared in 2011 and was created by Fabian Nicieza.


A whip is a tool traditionally used by humans to exert control over animals or other people, through pain compliance or fear of pain, although in some activities whips can be used without use of pain, such as an additional pressure aid in dressage. Whips are generally of two types, either a firm stick device designed to strike directly, or a flexible whip which must be swung in a specific manner to be effective, but has a longer reach. There are also whips which combine both a firm stick (the stock or handle) and a flexible line (the lash or thong), such as hunting whips.

The majority of whips are designed for use on animals, although whips such as the " cat o' nine tails" and knout were designed specifically for flagellation of humans as a means of a corporal punishment or torture. Whips can be used on oneself as part of a religious practice, or on consenting persons during BDSM activities.

Whip (musician)

Whip is an alias for American folk musicianJason Merritt who lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a full-time member of Timesbold, as well as writing solo records under the "Whip" pseudonym. Merritt was born in upstate New York, and lived in Brooklyn where he wrote four Whip records before forming Timesbold. Whip and Timesbold records are now both regularly released. Merritt moved to Portland in the Autumn of 2004.

Usage examples of "whip".

No doubt the affronted Marquis vo Derrivalle would order the erring Borlo Bunison soundly whipped.

Standing now at the edge of this pond, Ambler whipped his fishing rod back and forth, trying to drop the tiny dot of burgundy fly into the yellow plastic hoop floating thirty feet away.

Annoyance had once again taken the Sigurri, and with that annoyance he looked about himself, at once seeing a large, heavy rack of wood, one which had formerly held whips.

There were thin long-wire VLF antennas, conical electronic-countermeasure antennas, spiracle antennas, a microwave antenna on the bow, and whip antennas that extended thirty-five feet.

It was the terrible Angola, not even that part of the coast inspected by the Portuguese authorities, but the interior of the colony, which is crossed by caravans of slaves under the whip of the driver.

It was hardly a meal, but it would do as an appetizer until somebody could whip me up something that involved more of my favorite food groups, like salt, butter and processed flour.

The balking arrivals were driven on, whip and spur, until the iron bit rings froze fast to the flesh of their muzzles, and tore them to headshaking agony.

The commonest is known as the bastinado, which consists of removing the shoes of the victim and whipping the soles of his feet with a bamboo stick.

The air was a powerful physical presence, battering at her torso and face, whipping her hair, snatching the breath from her lungs.

He groped a little farther along the batture, and nearly put his hand on a four-foot snake that went whipping from beneath a downed tree.

Whereupon Heeber whipped off his apron, shrugged his meat-cleaver shoulders into a tweed coat, jumped up in the air and slid down inside his raincoat, slung on his beardy cap, and thrust us at the door.

The greatest fear is that one may be whipped many times and sent to the bedin tent to heal-or one may be whipped to death upon the instant.

Rarely had Berwick seen a better-shaped coat, or a smarter beaver, or so complete a mastery of whip and ribbons, as he steered the pair at a good pace down the uneven street amid the fishcarts and country wagons.

The other was, of course, Dim, who had used to be my droog and also the enemy of stinking fatty goaty Billyboy, but was now a millicent with uniform and shlem and whip to keep order.

Tightly as he had nailed and battened the tar-paper to the shanty, blizzard winds had torn it loose and whipped it to shreds, letting in the snow at sides and roof.