verb (used with object), whipped or whipt, whip·ping.
verb (used without object), whipped or whipt, whip·ping.
- 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.
- to plan or assemble quickly: to whip up a delicious dinner.
- to incite; arouse; stir: to whip up the mob.
Origin of whip
Examples from the Web for whips
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.
Inside a box I could see a pile of whips, chains, ball gags, and hoods.
He whips out his Blackberry, recording a video selfie against the neighborhood backdrop.
After a few minutes of small talk, Thierry whips out a few glasses and bottles.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France|Jeff Campagna|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Get out the whips and paddles; we sense some behind-the-scenes drama.Every Juicy Thing We Know About the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie|Amy Zimmerman|November 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In an instant the whips ceased to fall and the man with the dead soul saw all the Earth before him—and understood.The City and the World and Other Stories|Francis Clement Kelley
A harsh voice or two and the sound of whips presently silenced the barking dogs, and all was still again.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
Then we heard a crackling of whips and a rumbling of wheels.
Men tugged constantly at the spokes, and the steaming mules reared and plunged under the angry crack of whips.The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
As the gig came out close at the wheels of the wagon, the two whips interchanged glances, as much as to say, "Here's at you!"
British Dictionary definitions for whips (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for whips (2 of 2)
verb whips, whipping or whipped
- 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 Formswhiplike, adjectivewhipper, noun
Word Origin for whip
Culture definitions for whips
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.
Idioms and Phrases with whips
In addition to the idiom beginning with whip
- whip up
- crack the whip
- lick (whip) into shape
- smart as a whip
- upper (whip) hand