• synonyms

whip hand

See more synonyms for whip hand on Thesaurus.com
  1. the hand that holds the whip, in driving.
  2. an advantageous or controlling position: She had the whip hand throughout the debate.
Show More

Origin of whip hand

First recorded in 1670–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for whip hand

Historical Examples

  • I dunno how you're goin' to git along with men-folks, if ye offer 'em the whip-hand.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • I hold the whip-hand, and I should be an ass not to remember things.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Just sit where you are, the near-side gives you the whip-hand for Needham.

  • The exclusive possession of a marine boiler had given Falk the whip-hand of us all.


    Joseph Conrad

  • You're a pair of cranks together; but he's got the whip-hand of you this time.

British Dictionary definitions for whip hand

whip hand

noun the whip hand
  1. (in driving horses) the hand holding the whip
  2. advantage or dominating position
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012