whipping post



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

Origin of whipping post

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for whipping post

Historical Examples of whipping post

  • The stocks and the whipping-post stood by the side of the meeting-house.

  • The only local pillar that you have ever deserved to make acquaintance with is the whipping-post.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It was at this time that the whipping-post was substituted for the cart.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • "No lies, no roguery, or I'll have you at the whipping-post," roared the governor.

  • Even the bloodhounds and the perils of the swamp were less terrible than the whipping-post.

    Watch and Wait

    Oliver Optic