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  1. (verb-transitive) To strike with repeated strokes, as with a strap or rod; lash.
  2. (verb-transitive) To punish or chastise by repeated striking with a strap or rod; flog.
  3. (verb-transitive) To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely: "For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson).
  4. (verb-transitive) To drive, force, or compel by flogging, lashing, or other means.
  5. (verb-transitive) To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing: Icy winds whipped my face.
  6. (verb-transitive) To beat (cream or eggs, for example) into a froth or foam.
  7. (verb-transitive) Informal To snatch, pull, or remove in a sudden manner: He whipped off his cap.
  8. (verb-transitive) To sew with a loose overcast or overhand stitch.
  9. (verb-transitive) To wrap or bind (a rope, for example) with twine to prevent unraveling or fraying.
  10. (verb-transitive) Nautical To hoist by means of a rope passing through an overhead pulley.
  11. (verb-transitive) Informal To defeat; outdo: Our team can whip your team.
  12. (verb-intransitive) To move in a sudden, quick manner; dart.
  13. (verb-intransitive) To move in a manner similar to a whip; thrash or snap about: Branches whipped against the windows.
  14. (noun) An instrument, either a flexible rod or a flexible thong or lash attached to a handle, used for driving animals or administering corporal punishment.
  15. (noun) A whipping or lashing motion or stroke; a whiplash.
  16. (noun) A blow, wound, or cut made by or as if by whipping.
  17. (noun) Something, such as a long radio antenna on a motor vehicle, that is similar to a whip in form or flexibility.
  18. (noun) Sports Flexibility, as in the shaft of a golf club.
  19. (noun) Sports A whipper-in.
  20. (noun) A member of a legislative body, such as the U.S. Congress or the British Parliament, charged by his or her party with enforcing party discipline and ensuring attendance.
  21. (noun) A call issued to party members in a lawmaking body to ensure attendance at a particular time.
  22. (noun) A dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream, often with fruit or fruit flavoring: prune whip.
  23. (noun) An arm on a windmill.
  24. (noun) Nautical A hoist consisting of a single rope passing through an overhead pulley.
  25. (noun) A ride in an amusement park, consisting of small cars that move in a rapid, whipping motion along an oval track.
  26. (phrasal-verb) whip in To keep together, as members of a political party or hounds in a pack.
  27. (phrasal-verb) whip up To arouse; excite: whipped up the mob; whip up enthusiasm.
  28. (phrasal-verb) whip up Informal To prepare quickly: whip up a light lunch.
  29. (idiom) whip into shape Informal To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Falstaff has said, that the courtiers would whip him with their quick wits; but I know not that whip can be used for a scoff or insult, unless its meaning be fixed by the whole expression. - Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies
  2. It must mean the whip with which the Trojans scourged the Greeks, which cannot be but by a very unusual construction, or the authour must have forgotten the original of the Romans; unless whip has some meaning which includes - Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies
  3. The popularization of ghost riding the whip is a byproduct of the popularity of Bay Area music and hyphy culture in general. heh - Girl ghost rider injured in stunt
  4. This classic rendition of Catwoman swinging a whip is an original design by artist Steve Rude and makes the perfect companion piece to Rude†™ s version of Batman in black and white. - DC Comics for February 2010 | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News
  5. The manner of sawing such timber, at the South, is by what they call a whip saw. - The Life of John Thompson, a Fugitive Slave; Containing His History of 25 Years in Bondage, and His Providential Escape. Written by Himself.


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