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[hawrs-hwip, -wip] /ˈhɔrsˌʰwɪp, -ˌwɪp/
a whip for controlling horses.
verb (used with object), horsewhipped, horsewhipping.
to beat with a horsewhip.
Origin of horsewhip
1300-50; Middle English. See horse, whip
Related forms
horsewhipper, noun Unabridged
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  • When their father came home and found what had happened, he seized the horse-whip and gave both the boys a terrible flogging.

    Walter Harland Harriet S. Caswell
  • Yes, the man that scowls so, with the scar on his nose, and a horse-whip in his hand.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • He shall send his friends to me, or I will horse-whip him every time we meet.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The Wizard got out his sword at once, and Zeb grabbed the horse-whip.

  • He had determined to horse-whip Brogten, at all hazards, though he knew that Brogten was far stronger than himself.

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • The father glanced at the horse-whip, and the mother cried; but it was no use.

  • Furiously indignant, and horse-whip in hand, she rushed into the editor's office and executed summary vengeance upon him.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • "And if he likes to horse-whip you, he may do so," he declared.

    The Fortunes of Philippa Angela Brazil
  • They saw the big man raise a horse-whip and lash savagely at the young man.

    Andy at Yale Roy Eliot Stokes
  • horse-whip him, and he will bend his back to the lash, and thank you, as every blow is worth so many dollars.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
British Dictionary definitions for horse-whip


a whip, usually with a long thong, used for managing horses
verb -whips, -whipping, -whipped
(transitive) to flog with such a whip
Derived Forms
horsewhipper, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for horse-whip

1690s, from horse (n.) + whip (n.). As a verb from 1768. Related: Horserwhipped; horsewhipping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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