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or bull-whip

[boo l-hwip, -wip]
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  1. 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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  • 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


  1. a long tapering heavy whip, esp one of plaited rawhide
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verb -whips, -whipping or -whipped
  1. (tr) to whip with a bullwhip
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