whip

A whip is a cord or piece of leather used for hitting an animal or a person, and to whip something or someone is to strike them with a whip. You can also figuratively whip an opponent or whip someone in shape. Giddy up!

When you hit an animal with a whip, you whip it. Some animal rights activists object to horse racers using whips. You can also use this verb to mean "defeat by a lot," like when your basketball team whips the opposing team. A chef whips cream by whisking or mixing it until it's airy and frothy. If your teacher says he's going to "crack the whip," he means he's planning to use his authority to make the class work harder. And, fittingly, a political whip is someone who enforces discipline among party members.

Primary Meanings of whip

1.
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an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
beat severely with a whip or rod
2.
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a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
3.
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whip with or as if with a wire whisk
a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
4.
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(golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
Full Definitions of whip
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n an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

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cat, cat-o'-nine-tails
a whip with nine knotted cords
cowhide
a heavy flexible whip braided from leather made from the hide of a cow
horsewhip
a whip for controlling horses
knout
a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners
quirt
whip with a leather thong at the end
hunting crop, riding crop
a short whip with a thong at the end and a handle for opening gates
flagellum, scourge
a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
strap
whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging
buggy whip
a horsewhip once used by a driver of a buggy
tawse
a leather strap for punishing children
Type of:
instrument
a device that requires skill for proper use

n a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object

“the whip raised a red welt”
Synonyms:
lash, whiplash
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

v beat severely with a whip or rod

Synonyms:
flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt
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flagellate, scourge
whip
leather
whip with a leather strap
horsewhip
whip with a whip intended for horses
switch
flog with or as if with a flexible rod
cowhide
flog with a cowhide
cat
beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
birch
whip with a birch twig
Type of:
beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

v strike as if by whipping

“The curtain whipped her face”
Synonyms:
lash
Types:
urticate
whip with or as with nettles
Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

v defeat thoroughly

Synonyms:
mop up, pip, rack up, worst
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v subject to harsh criticism

Synonyms:
blister, scald
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
attack in speech or writing
2

n a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline

Synonyms:
party whip
Type of:
legislator
someone who makes or enacts laws
3

v whip with or as if with a wire whisk

Synonyms:
whisk
Type of:
beat, scramble
stir vigorously

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

Types:
prune whip
dessert made of prune puree and whipped cream
Type of:
afters, dessert, sweet
a dish served as the last course of a meal
4

n (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club

Type of:
flexibility, flexibleness
the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped

v thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash

“The tall grass whipped in the wind”
Type of:
convulse, jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
move or stir about violently

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