[ hwip-lash, wip- ]
/ ˈʰwɪpˌlæʃ, ˈwɪp- /
Also whiplash injury. a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head: Whiplash resulted when their car was struck from behind.
Also called whiplash curve. a connected series of reverse curves of more or less elliptical form, used as a major design motif in the Art Nouveau style.
verb (used with object)
to beat, hit, throw, etc., with or as if with a whiplash.
to affect adversely, as by a sudden change: new taxes whiplashing corporate earnings.
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Origin of whiplash
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/ (ˈwɪpˌlæʃ) /
a quick lash or stroke of a whip or like that of a whip
med See whiplash injury
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
1570s, "the lash of a whip," from whip (n.) + lash (n.). The injury caused by sudden head motion so called by 1955, in reference to the notion of moving to and fro like a cracking whip. The verb in this sense is recorded by 1971.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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