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Definition of "whip" []

  • To strike with repeated strokes, as with a strap or rod; lash. (verb-transitive)
  • To punish or chastise by repeated striking with a strap or rod; flog. (verb-transitive)
  • To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely: "For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson). (verb-transitive)
  • To drive, force, or compel by flogging, lashing, or other means. (verb-transitive)
  • To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing: Icy winds whipped my face. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "whip" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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"
  • "The popularization of ghost riding the whip is a byproduct of the popularity of Bay Area music and hyphy culture in general. heh"