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horsewhip

[hawrs-hwip, -wip]
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noun
  1. a whip for controlling horses.
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verb (used with object), horse·whipped, horse·whip·ping.
  1. to beat with a horsewhip.
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Origin of horsewhip

1300–50; Middle English. See horse, whip
Related formshorse·whip·per, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He shall send his friends to me, or I will horse-whip him every time we meet.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The Wizard got out his sword at once, and Zeb grabbed the horse-whip.

  • Yes, the man that scowls so, with the scar on his nose, and a horse-whip in his hand.

    Little Prudy

    Sophie May

  • The father glanced at the horse-whip, and the mother cried; but it was no use.

  • "And if he likes to horse-whip you, he may do so," he declared.


British Dictionary definitions for horse-whip

horsewhip

noun
  1. a whip, usually with a long thong, used for managing horses
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verb -whips, -whipping or -whipped
  1. (tr) to flog with such a whip
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Derived Formshorsewhipper, noun
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Word Origin and History for horse-whip

n.

1690s, from horse (n.) + whip (n.). As a verb from 1768. Related: Horserwhipped; horsewhipping.

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