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whipstock

[hwip-stok, wip-] /ˈʰwɪpˌstɒk, ˈwɪp-/
noun
1.
the handle of a whip.
Origin of whipstock
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; whip + stock
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Historical Examples
  • I stood on the wagon tongue for miles to reach them with the whipstock.

  • Octavius leaned to the carriage and threw the reins around the whipstock.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • The reins had been torn from the whipstock; they were dragging in the street.

  • Jack opened his eyes, reached up with the whipstock and raised it.

  • Mr. Simpson flourished the whipstock and gave a loud, hearty laugh.

    New Chronicles of Rebecca Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • A long stick, once a whipstock, rose from the front of the wagon bed.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • “Wonder whut all them buzzards are doin' yonder, squire,” he said, pointing upward with his whipstock.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • But the young man said nothing further as he wrapped the lines around the whipstock and began to climb down.

  • The effort brought on a fit of coughing, which was still shaking him, when a whipstock rapped upon the door.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • They halted and David drew up, winding the reins about the whipstock and pulling off his buckskin glove.

    David Harum

    Edward Noyes Westcott
British Dictionary definitions for whipstock

whipstock

/ˈwɪpˌstɒk/
noun
1.
a whip handle
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