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.

Definitions of whip
  1. noun
    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
    a heavy flexible whip braided from leather made from the hide of a cow
    a whip for controlling horses
    a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners
    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)
    whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging
    buggy whip
    a horsewhip once used by a driver of a buggy
    a leather strap for punishing children
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    a device that requires skill for proper use
  2. noun
    a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
    synonyms: lash, whiplash
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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  3. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    synonyms: flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt
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    flagellate, scourge
    whip with a leather strap
    whip with a whip intended for horses
    flog with or as if with a flexible rod
    flog with a cowhide
    beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    whip with a birch twig
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    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  4. verb
    strike as if by whipping
    “The curtain whipped her face”
    synonyms: lash
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    whip with or as with nettles
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    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  5. verb
    defeat thoroughly
    synonyms: mop up, pip, rack up, worst
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  6. verb
    subject to harsh criticism
    synonyms: blister, scald
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    assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
    attack in speech or writing
  7. noun
    a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
    synonyms: party whip
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    someone who makes or enacts laws
  8. verb
    whip with or as if with a wire whisk
    synonyms: whisk
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    beat, scramble
    stir vigorously
  9. noun
    a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
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    prune whip
    dessert made of prune puree and whipped cream
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    afters, dessert, sweet
    a dish served as the last course of a meal
  10. noun
    (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
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    flexibility, flexibleness
    the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped
  11. verb
    thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
    “The tall grass whipped in the wind”
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    convulse, jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
    move or stir about violently
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