• "Hi! Whip behind!"
    "Hi! Whip behind!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj whipping smart and fashionable "snappy conversation","some sharp and whipping lines"
    • n whipping beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
    • n whipping the act of overcoming or outdoing
    • n whipping a sewing stitch passing over an edge diagonally
    • n whipping a sound defeat
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Whipping down the leather Whipping down the leather
She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189 She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189
man on horseback waving whip at wolfhound man on horseback waving whip at wolfhound

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.
    • Whipping a & n. from Whip v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Kraft company produces enough "Cool Whip", a brand of whipping cream, in one year to fill the entire Grand Canyon
    • n whipping In golf, the thin twine with which the head and shaft of a club are bound together.
    • n whipping A beating; flagellation.
    • n whipping A defeat; a beating: as, the enemy got a good whipping. See whip, verb, 9.
    • n whipping Nautical, a piece of twine or small cord wound. round the end of a rope to keep it from unlaying.
    • n whipping In bookbinding, the sewing of the raw edges of single leaves in sections by overcasting the thread [Eng.]: known in the United States as whip-stitching.
    • n whipping In sewing, same as overcasting, 2.
    • n whipping The act or method of casting the fly in angling; casting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As artists and traders in medieval cities began to form organizations, they instituted tough initiation ceremonies. For example, journeymen in Bergen, Norway, were shoved down a chimney, thrown three times into the sea, and soundly whipped.
    • Whipping act of whipping: punishment with the whip or lash: a defeat: a binding of twine, as at the end of a rope: in bookbinding, the sewing of the edges of single leaves in sections by overcasting the thread—also Whip′-stitch′ing
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  • Napoleon Hill
    “No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.”
  • Nicholas Rowe
    Nicholas Rowe
    “Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Love well, whip well.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?”
  • Seneca
    “There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    “Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.”


Fair crack of the whip - (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Fair shake of the whip - (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Smart as a whip - A person who is smart as a whip is very clever.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. whippen; prob. a form of wippen—Old Dut. wippen, to shake, conn. with Old High Ger. wipph, swinging motion (Ger. weifen, to move), and akin to L. vibrāre, to tremble.


In literature:

Immediately, he put the groundcar in drive and whipped out of the cloverleaf under full acceleration.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
The old Master whipped him 'til the blood spurted all over his body, the bull whip cutting in deeper all the time.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
The Whitsun King was in the centre group; now and then he snapped his fingers, but as yet he had not moved his whip.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
Seeing him beginning to act ugly and obstinate, the Indian driver drew his heavy dog-whip and was about to strike him.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Flinging his left arm around the neck of Saltese, he whipped out his revolver and held it close to the chief's temple.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It is my house, and I do not whip anybody.
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
Overhead a whip-poor-will uttered its mournful cry.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Nemo was not used to the whip, and he leaped like a flash.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
He never allowed anyone to whip me and he didn't whip me himself.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Then he came forward with his great whip in his hand.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
I have never seen a jail for slaves but I have seen slaves whipped and I was whipped myself.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Ben struck right and left with a heavy whip, and tried to break away; but the man held him fast.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her momentary expression of outrage faded as she leaned forward to study his face, and she relaxed her first half-threatening grip on her whip.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
The man that lays whip on your flanks oughter be shot.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
He drew his whip and began slashing savagely.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The Anglo-Saxons whipped prisoners with a whip of three cords, knotted at the end.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
The look of the whipped dog is always in her weak eyes.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Upon the back of industry has been the whip.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The one who does the whipping.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
Kildare struck with his whip, broke away, jeering back over his shoulder.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly

In poetry:

She whipped her steed, she spurred her steed,
Till his breast was all a foam;
But nearer unto that tall young knight,
By Our Ladye she could not come.
"Sir Roland" by Andrew Lang
Now hasten all bondmen, let us go
And leave this Christian country O;
Haste to the land of the British Queen,
Where whips for negroes are not seen.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
I was away that afternoon,
Penning the calves, when, a bang!
I heard his whip, 'twas rather soon -
A thousand echoes rang
And died away among the hills,
As towards the hut I sprang.
"Jim's Whip" by Barcroft Henry Boake
That whip was with him night and day
When he was on the track;
I've often heard him laugh, and say
That when they heard its crack,
After the breaking of the drought,
The cattle all came back.
"Jim's Whip" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Though many still are writhing under
The cruel whips of "chevaliers,"
Who mothers from their children sunder,
And scourge them for their helpless tears—
Their safe deliverance is not far!
The day draws nigh!—hurrah, hurrah!
"Emancipation Song" by Anonymous Americas
‘The Father of your People,’ your children called to you
To do the things to save them which only you could do.
Your soldiers whipped their faces—the trodden snow is red
With the blood of men and women; and the blood is on your head!
"The Little Czar" by Henry Lawson

In news:

1 and 1/8 cups whipping cream.
A May 17, 2011 photo from files showing Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell arriving on his bicycle at Downing Street, London.
Candied Bacon With Whipped Cream.
Candied Bacon With Whipped Cream.
It's a cliché but fitting phrase that holds especially true in the whip game.
Whip or beat until yolks change to a light yellow and increase in volume.
We like 'em with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
An angry driver in Philadelphia whipped out a crossbow and pointed it at another motorist, police in that city say.
Liven up your monitor with this classic whip.
Dark Chocolate -Chile Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Cream.
Good with ice cream or whipped cream.
Jamaican courts then stopped ordering whipping or flogging .
Ina Garten's Ultimate Pumpkin Pie with Rum Whipped Cream.
Here's a word cloud I just whipped up from everything Newt said at the debate last night (per the CNN transcript).
Whip up a fresh fruity treat at home.

In science:

As a supernova explosion engulfs a star’s envelope, the velocity of its leading shock front responds to two competing trends: a general deceleration as increasing mass is swept up, and a tendency to accelerate down any sharply declining density gradient (in a manner analogous to the cracking of a whip).
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
Delays may cause unstable system behavior (such as bull-whip effects) , and over-critical perturbations can create cascading failures .
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Today we see the sharp contures of the Standard Model1) in front of us, like the contures of the Wulingyan mountains seen from the Golden Whip Stream.
The Physics of Flavor is the Flavor of Physics
And then, the ”whipping boy” becomes the academic Mathematician and his or her teaching.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus