- 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.
Origin of whip
OTHER WORDS FROM whip
How to use whip in a sentence
“Representative Greene has denounced her previous comments and expressed regret over those actions,” said a whip memo sent to Republican lawmakers ahead of the vote, urging them to vote no.House ejects Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees over extremist remarks|Mike DeBonis|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Cracking the whip, he reorganized the company and tried to ferret out the problems.Intel gets the leader it needs|Aaron Pressman|January 13, 2021|Fortune
He was aggressive and intellectual-sounding, rising to minority whip in 1989.Newt Gingrich’s blatant hypocrisy|Erik Wemple|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Over in the Assembly, San Diego Assemblyman Chris Ward and Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath have both been tapped to serve as assistant majority whips by Speaker Anthony Rendon.Sacramento Report: San Diego Restaurants vs. California|Sara Libby|December 18, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Just as soon as it had started, in 1985, Weller, once again, felt the windy whip of change.Almost anarchy: The Style Council and the smooth sounds of sophisti-pop|Mina Tavakoli|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The business of the firm is attended to by Mr. Whipper, who is a relative.
To use the language of the talented Mr. Whipper, "they cannot be raised in this country, without being stoop shouldered."
All light kites were set, and 'Satanita' led the race on a reach to the Skerries buoy, at which mark 'Navahoe' was whipper-in.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
And yet Powell, if he will forgive me for saying so, was the merest whipper-snapper.Mystic London:|Charles Maurice Davies
The Leviathan kept ahead, and led as well as she could, while we did the duty of huntsman, or of whipper-in.Hurricane Hurry|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for whip
- 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
Derived forms of whipwhiplike, adjectivewhipper, noun
Word Origin for whip
Cultural definitions for whip
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.
Other 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