whipping

[ hwip-ing, wip- ]
/ ˈʰwɪp ɪŋ, ˈwɪp- /

noun

a beating or flogging, especially one administered with a whip or the like in punishment.
a defeat, as in sports.
an arrangement of cord, twine, or the like, whipped or wound about a thing, as to bind parts together or prevent unraveling, as at the end of a rope.

Origin of whipping

First recorded in 1530–40; whip + -ing1
Related formsself-whip·ping, adjective

Definition for whipping (2 of 2)

Origin of whip

1200–50; Middle English w(h)ippe (noun), w(h)ippen (v.); cognate with Dutch wippen to swing, oscillate; compare Low German wip(pe) quick movement
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British Dictionary definitions for whipping (1 of 2)

whipping

/ (ˈwɪpɪŋ) /

noun

a thrashing or beating with a whip or similar implement
cord or twine used for binding or lashing

British Dictionary definitions for whipping (2 of 2)

whip

/ (wɪp) /

verb whips, whipping or whipped

noun

Derived Formswhiplike, adjectivewhipper, noun

Word Origin for whip

C13: perhaps from Middle Dutch wippen to swing; related to Middle Dutch wipfen to dance, German Wipfel tree top
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Culture definitions for whipping

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with whipping

whip


In addition to the idiom beginning with whip

  • whip up

also see:

  • crack the whip
  • lick (whip) into shape
  • smart as a whip
  • upper (whip) hand
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