- the lash of a whip.
- an abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the lash of a whip.
- Also whiplash injury. a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head: Whiplash resulted when their car was struck from behind.
- Also called whiplash curve. a connected series of reverse curves of more or less elliptical form, used as a major design motif in the Art Nouveau style.
- to beat, hit, throw, etc., with or as if with a whiplash.
- to affect adversely, as by a sudden change: new taxes whiplashing corporate earnings.
Origin of whiplash
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Examples from the Web for whiplash
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Whiplash was shot in just 19 days and then edited in 10 weeks to make Sundance.
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Actually, probably with the silent-film baddies on whom Whiplash was based; by the way, what a great name, Snidely Whiplash!Will We Ever Have a Hirsute President Again?
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"When you came through the town you waked me up like a whiplash," he was saying.Way of the Lawless
What was a boy's whiplash, that his resentment of it; should set all his future life in jeopardy?The Sea-Hawk
Frederick bounded forward like a whiplash, but Tess held him back.Tess of the Storm Country
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Rafe leaped on to ride and Tom playfully snapped his whiplash at him.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
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The lorry climbed into the mountains, round roads which curved like a whiplash.Poor Folk in Spain
- a quick lash or stroke of a whip or like that of a whip
- med See whiplash injury
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Word Origin and History for whiplash
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Whiplash injury.
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