- to beat with a strap, lash, rod, or the like, especially by way of punishment or chastisement; flog; thrash: Criminals used to be whipped for minor offenses.
- to strike with quick, repeated strokes of something slender and flexible; lash: He impatiently whipped his leg with his riding crop.
- to urge or force on with, or as with, a lash, rod, etc.
- to lash or castigate with words.
- to train or organize forcefully: to whip the team into shape.
- Informal. to defeat or overcome: to whip the opposition; to whip a bad habit.
- to hoist or haul by means of a whip.
- to move quickly and suddenly; pull, jerk, seize, or the like, with a sudden movement (often followed by out, in, into, etc.): He whipped his gun out of its holster.
- to fish (a stream, lake, etc.) with rod and line, especially by making repeated casts: I whipped the stream all day and caught nothing.
- to beat (eggs, cream, etc.) to a froth with an eggbeater, whisk, fork, or other implement in order to mix in air and cause expansion.
- to overlay or cover (cord, rope, etc.) with cord, thread, or the like wound about it: to whip the end of a hawser.
- to wind (cord, twine, thread, etc.) about something: The tailor whipped the seams with heavy thread.
- to sew with a light overcasting stitch.
- to move or go quickly and suddenly; dart; whisk: She whipped into the store for some milk.
- to beat or lash about, as a pennant in the wind.
- to fish with rod and line, especially by casting the line frequently.
- an instrument for striking, as in driving animals or in punishing, typically consisting of a lash or other flexible part with a more rigid handle.
- a whipping or lashing stroke or motion.
- a utensil for whipping; whisk.
- a dish made of cream or egg whites whipped to a froth with flavoring, often with fruit pulp or the like: prune whip.
- a party manager in a legislative body who secures attendance for voting and directs other members.
- (in Britain) a written call made on members of a party to be in attendance for voting.
- a windmill vane.
- Hunting. a whipper-in.
- a tackle consisting of a fall rove through a single standing block (single whip) so as to change the direction of hauling with no mechanical advantage, or consisting of a fall secured at one end and rove through a single running and a single standing block (double whip) so as to change the direction of hauling with a mechanical advantage of two, neglecting friction.Compare gun tackle.
- the wrapping around the end of a whipped cord or the like.
- Also called whirl. Machinery. eccentric rotation of a shaft having its center line slightly curved between supporting bearings.
- a branchless shoot of a woody plant, especially one resulting from the first year's growth of a bud or graft.
- Chiefly British. a person who uses a whip as part of his or her work, as a driver of horses or a coachman.
- whip in, Hunting. to prevent from wandering, as hounds.
- whip off, Informal. to write hurriedly: He whipped off three new songs last night.
- whip up, Informal.
- to plan or assemble quickly: to whip up a delicious dinner.
- to incite; arouse; stir: to whip up the mob.
Origin of whip
SynonymsSee more synonyms for whip on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for whip
Given how little time they had to whip this project to the finish line, they accomplished a lot.Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and Others Crowdsource A Dylan Album
November 16, 2014
What he may lack in leadership or due diligence skills, he makes up for in his abilities to whip the media into subservience.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors
October 24, 2014
And then you'd whip out your iPhone and pull up that snarky tweet your friend wrote linking to the E!Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin Consciously Couple
August 15, 2014
Been dying to see that powerful sexual masochist woo and whip that mousy college student?The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer Is Pretty Ridiculous, Right?
July 24, 2014
Instead of sleeping with them, however, Joffrey forces Ros to beat Daisy with a whip… and then a giant club.Game of Thrones’ 8 Most Gruesome Deaths: From The Mountain’s Exploding Head Kill to Rat Torture
June 4, 2014
Then the whip was brought into requisition, and it was laid on with no light hand.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Neither did Lizzie, though her tongue was a whip for Connie.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The minute they know you're without your whip they go for you like tigers at a wounded trainer.Way of the Lawless
But the lash of the whip found his face, and marked it for a time worse than the small-pox.Weighed and Wanting
Whip the cream until it is stiff and fold this into the mixture.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to strike (a person or thing) with several strokes of a strap, rod, etc
- (tr) to punish by striking in this manner
- (tr; foll by out, away, etc) to pull, remove, etc, with sudden rapid motionto whip out a gun
- (intr; foll by down, into, out of, etc) informal to come, go, etc, in a rapid sudden mannerthey whipped into the bar for a drink
- to strike or be struck as if by whippingthe tempest whipped the surface of the sea
- (tr) to criticize virulently
- (tr) to bring, train, etc, forcefully into a desired condition (esp in the phrases whip into line and whip into shape)
- (tr) informal to overcome or outdoI know when I've been whipped
- (tr; often foll by on, out, or off) to drive, urge, compel, etc, by or as if by whipping
- (tr) to wrap or wind (a cord, thread, etc) around (a rope, cable, etc) to prevent chafing or fraying
- (tr) nautical to hoist by means of a rope through a single pulley
- (tr) (in fly-fishing) to cast the fly repeatedly onto (the water) in a whipping motion
- (tr) (in sewing) to join, finish, or gather with whipstitch
- to beat (eggs, cream, etc) with a whisk or similar utensil to incorporate air and produce expansion
- (tr) to spin (a top)
- (tr) informal to stealhe whipped her purse
- a device consisting of a lash or flexible rod attached at one end to a stiff handle and used for driving animals, inflicting corporal punishment, etc
- a whipping stroke or motion
- a person adept at handling a whip, as a coachman, etc
- (in a legislative body)
- a member of a party chosen to organize and discipline the members of his faction, esp in voting and to assist in the arrangement of the business
- a call issued to members of a party, insisting with varying degrees of urgency upon their presence or loyal voting behaviour
- (in the British Parliament) a schedule of business sent to members of a party each week. Each item on it is underlined to indicate its importance: one line means that no division is expected, two lines means that the item is fairly important, and three lines means that the item is very important and every member must attend and vote according to the party line
- an apparatus for hoisting, consisting of a rope, pulley, and snatch block
- any of a variety of desserts made from egg whites or cream beaten stiff, sweetened, and flavoured with fruit, fruit juice, etc
- See whipper-in
- a windmill vane
- transient elastic movement of a structure or part when subjected to sudden release of load or dynamic excitation
- a percussion instrument consisting of two strips of wood, joined forming the shape of a V, and clapped loudly together
- flexibility, as in the shaft of a golf club, etc
- a ride in a funfair involving bumper cars that move with sudden jerks
- a wrestling throw in which a wrestler seizes his opponent's arm and spins him to the floor
- a fair crack of the whip informal a fair chance or opportunity
Word Origin and History for whip
mid-13c., wippen "flap violently," from Proto-Germanic *wipp- (cf. Danish vippe "to raise with a swipe," Middle Dutch, Dutch wippen "to swing," Old High German wipf "swing, impetus"), from PIE *wib- "move quickly." The cookery sense is from 1670s. Related: Whipped; whipping. Whipping boy first recorded 1640s; whipping block is from c.1877. Whip-saw is attested from 1530s; whip snake first recorded 1774.
early 14c., from whip (v.). In parliamentary use from 1850 (the verb in this sense is recorded from 1742), from the sense in fox-hunting. The parliamentary whip's duty originally was to ensure the attendance of party members on important occasions.
In the United States Congress or state legislatures, an assistant to the majority leader or minority leader responsible for stirring up party support on issues, keeping track of party members' votes, and acting as a general liaison between the majority leader or minority leader and other party members.
Idioms and Phrases with whip
In addition to the idiom beginning with whip
- whip up
- crack the whip
- lick (whip) into shape
- smart as a whip
- upper (whip) hand