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whaling

[ hwey-ling, wey- ]
/ ˈʰweɪ lɪŋ, ˈweɪ- /
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noun
the work or industry of capturing and rendering whales; whale fishing.
Digital Technology. a phishing attempt by someone posing as a company’s attorney, CEO, vendor, or other authorized entity in order to scam a payroll department, corporate executive, etc., out of money or confidential information: The source of the whaling gave all appearances of legitimacy and trustworthiness.
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Origin of whaling

whale1 + -ing1;def. 1 was first recorded in 1680–90; def. 2 in 2010–15 (in the sense “hunting for a big fish/phish”)

OTHER WORDS FROM whaling

an·ti·whal·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whaling

whaling
/ (ˈweɪlɪŋ) /

noun
the work or industry of hunting and processing whales for food, oil, etc
adverb
informal (intensifier)a whaling good time
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