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
Synonyms for whip
Examples from the Web for whips
Contemporary Examples of whips
Inside a box I could see a pile of whips, chains, ball gags, and hoods.
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.
He whips out his Blackberry, recording a video selfie against the neighborhood backdrop.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
So, Donnie whips out his cock and starts beating it in front of Naomi and the entire party.Jonah Hill on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Prosthetic Penises, and Finance Douchebags
December 24, 2013
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
December 2, 2013
Historical Examples of whips
Before him went runners with whips and rods to clear the way.The Chinese Fairy Book
You will have to fly like curs before the whips of your own men.Strife (First Series Plays)
Whips of money at him, Liza—whips of it—millions, they're saying.
The letters, the messages, the presents, these had been the whips and scorpions in his hand.
And we'll see which set of whips are to have the honour of offering me anything.The Market-Place
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
Word Origin for whip
early 14c., from whip (v.). In parliamentary use from 1850 (the verb in this sense is recorded from 1742), from the sense in fox-hunting. The parliamentary whip's duty originally was to ensure the attendance of party members on important occasions.
mid-13c., wippen "flap violently," from Proto-Germanic *wipp- (cf. Danish vippe "to raise with a swipe," Middle Dutch, Dutch wippen "to swing," Old High German wipf "swing, impetus"), from PIE *wib- "move quickly." The cookery sense is from 1670s. Related: Whipped; whipping. Whipping boy first recorded 1640s; whipping block is from c.1877. Whip-saw is attested from 1530s; whip snake first recorded 1774.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with whip
- whip up
- crack the whip
- lick (whip) into shape
- smart as a whip
- upper (whip) hand