or bull-whip

[ boo l-hwip, -wip ]
/ ˈbʊlˌʰwɪp, -ˌwɪp /


a rawhide whip having a short handle and a long, plaited lash.


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Origin of bullwhip

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bull1 + whip
Also called bull-whack [boo l-hwak, -wak] /ˈbʊlˌʰwæk, -ˌwæk/.
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Example sentences from the Web for bullwhip

  • Some would say I went over to the dark side; others would give the nod to the bullwhip.

    A Few Good Books for Dads|John Elder Robison|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • A couple of shots whipped by over my head, making noises like someone snapping a bullwhip.

    Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for bullwhip

/ (ˈbʊlˌwɪp) /


a long tapering heavy whip, esp one of plaited rawhide

verb -whips, -whipping or -whipped

(tr) to whip with a bullwhip
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