He saw no reason why he should not push on; and in the Egyptian obliquity of his heart, he 'whaled' his ass to a degree.
I whaled Dan good when he brought that piece back from school.
Since his death, I have grown to liking the man much better; in fact ever since I whaled him.
I could have whaled it to them all right now, but a shell jammed.
He lammed me when he was drunk, and he whaled me when he was sober.
Just now he recognized his mother and she whaled away and gave him a whack for his pains.
The Dutch also whaled with long ropes, as is now our method.
When I wuz a little shaver my ma told me always to mind my manners, an' when I didn't she whaled the life out of me.
Take your hat off to that chechacko who has just whaled you blind.
I ricolleck one time I seed a big feller a bullyin' a po' little devil, an' I told him to quit an' he wouldn't, an' I whaled him.
Old English hwæl, from Proto-Germanic *khwalaz (cf. Old Saxon hwal, Old Norse hvalr, hvalfiskr, Swedish val, Middle Dutch wal, walvisc, Dutch walvis, Old High German wal, German Wal); probably cognate with Latin squalus "a kind of large sea fish." Phrase whale of a "excellent or large example" is c.1900, student slang.
"beat, whip severely," 1790, possibly a variant of wale (v.).
A large or fat person; beached whale (1900+)
A heavy blow: She gave him a hard whale to the nose
[fr British dialect spelling of wale, ''strike, beat,'' perhaps related to Old English wœl, ''slaughter, carnage, death'']