whipping post

  1. a post to which persons are tied to undergo whipping as a legal penalty.

Origin of whipping post

First recorded in 1590–1600

Words Nearby whipping post

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How to use whipping post in a sentence

  • The band manages one encore, “whipping post,” but halfway through the number the audience is busily streaming toward the exits.

  • Although the whipping-post and stocks used to be common things in English towns, we saw them preserved only at Bottisford.

  • Should the rogue go to the court-house whipping post, or should Hide save the trouble of taking him there?

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • That man did not lose caste who tied up another woman and had her thrashed until she brought forth at the whipping-post.

    The Last Boer War | H. Rider Haggard
  • While the scenes at the whipping-post on flogging-day are fresh in my mind, I have written down the story of Mary Engle.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly | Charles Heber Clark