Definition of horsewhip in English:


nounPlural horsewhips

  • A long whip used for driving and controlling horses.

    • ‘His future father-in-law came round to dinner one evening and attempted to thrash him with a horsewhip.’
    • ‘He took out his horsewhip and chastised them, and then he fell on his knees and prayed for their souls.’
    • ‘She stood in front of him with a horsewhip, wearing a smile and nothing else.’
    • ‘And in entirely unrelated news, a Cambridge, UK company called Mathworks has developed a new electronic horsewhip - called The Register.’
    • ‘Picking up her horsewhip, she turned to leave when Barrois suddenly asked where she was headed off to.’
    • ‘Bright Anokwuru was addressing the company employees when the police ‘started beating him with gun-butt, truncheons and horsewhips, as well as dragging him on the ground across several metres of rough terrain.’’
    • ‘‘Her father told me, ‘I'm sorry horsewhips are a thing of the past,’ ‘Charles recalls, still pained by the memory.’’
    • ‘It's not a lack of editorial courage but, one is fairly certain, long experience with the architects with purple faces and metaphoric horsewhips.’
    • ‘Hence the presence of seven horsewhips, 15 sticks, and four ropes among the various weapons used on minors.’
    • ‘Then there was the case of George Godman, whose widowed mother went to the authorities when his master, a tailor by the name of Money, beat him with a horsewhip and knocked him down.’
    • ‘Robert LaFosse was the ringmaster who put these tykes through their paces with commanding smacks of a huge horsewhip.’
    • ‘She may even use a small horsewhip to keep the man or his horse away.’
    • ‘‘It's somewhere around here,’ D' Avrigny muttered as he used his horsewhip to brush away the branches that were in his way.’
    • ‘And yes, they felt free to use weapons such as sticks and horsewhips.’
    • ‘Vicious black-eyed figures in long dark cloaks with white neck collars and black horsewhips marshal the procession.’
    • ‘It is not acceptable to use a horsewhip on a 12-year-old, and the law must recognise this.’
    • ‘Darren didn't answer when John grabbed a large horsewhip and brought it down over his back.’
    • ‘By the end of the advert, the black man clearly wishes it had been the horsewhip.’
    • ‘After fifteen or twenty strokes from Harris, Wild handed the horsewhip to three former slave women whose scarred-backs told the story of years of abuse.’
    • ‘He was known as a prankster; on a tour of the Sistine Chapel in Rome he dressed up as the devil and terrorized penitents with a horsewhip.’
    whip, horsewhip, bullwhip, switch, scourge, flagellum, cat-o'-nine-tails, cat, thong, flail, strap, birch, cane
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verbhorsewhips, horsewhipping, horsewhipped

[with object]
  • Beat (a person or animal) with a horsewhip.

    ‘she would horsewhip them mercilessly’
    • ‘But if Roosevelt didn't deserve to be executed as a spy, he most certainly ought to have been horsewhipped for his cavalier dismissal of Whittaker Chambers' accusations.’
    • ‘It's not like the Trading Spaces crew comes to your house and horsewhips you into agreeing to be on it.’
    • ‘Normally, I think anyone guilty of that offence should be horsewhipped and never allowed near human society, never mind a racecourse, ever again.’
    • ‘He is an unrepentant hyena who should be horsewhipped.’
    • ‘Again was it acceptable in those days to horsewhip a boy in a dairy?’
    • ‘Extended credit was refused and Norberton horsewhipped the moneylender on Newmarket Heath.’
    • ‘She responded to a critical article in the Ballarat Times by horsewhipping the editor, who retaliated in kind.’
    • ‘In 1957 when Lord Altrincham complained that she sounded like a ‘priggish schoolgirl’, he was predictably threatened with horsewhipping and the borough of Altrincham hastened to dissociate itself from so subversive an opinion.’
    • ‘It was a joke that, were it up to me, would lead to him being instantly horsewhipped until he can bleed no more.’
    • ‘I'd hate to have to horsewhip anyone at your ball, and spoil the appetites of your guests, but an affront to a host is no way to begin a party.’
    • ‘If it is the ‘done thing’ nowadays for columnists to act like this then it's about time they were all horsewhipped on the steps of their clubs.’
    • ‘The people responsible should be strung up and horsewhipped and I will personally volunteer for the task.’
    • ‘She was being brutally horsewhipped by the batons of three burly policemen.’
    • ‘There she'd be horsewhipped by the religious police for even showing her face in public.’
    • ‘I too think these school-run mums in automotive leviathans should be horsewhipped to within an inch of their lives.’
    • ‘He was horsewhipped for speaking out and, with a bruised and bleeding body, was eventually taken in by the police.’
    • ‘‘They should all be horsewhipped for what they're doing to everyone here,’ I said angrily.’
    • ‘All I suggest is that she be horsewhipped for putting a full stop wrongly outside a bracket.’
    • ‘For that alone, the makers of this abomination should be horsewhipped.’
    beating, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, battering, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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