Definition of horsewhip in English:



  • A long whip used for driving and controlling horses.

    • ‘Darren didn't answer when John grabbed a large horsewhip and brought it down over his back.’
    • ‘Picking up her horsewhip, she turned to leave when Barrois suddenly asked where she was headed off to.’
    • ‘‘It's somewhere around here,’ D' Avrigny muttered as he used his horsewhip to brush away the branches that were in his way.’
    • ‘It is not acceptable to use a horsewhip on a 12-year-old, and the law must recognise this.’
    • ‘She stood in front of him with a horsewhip, wearing a smile and nothing else.’
    • ‘‘Her father told me, ‘I'm sorry horsewhips are a thing of the past,’ ‘Charles recalls, still pained by the memory.’’
    • ‘His future father-in-law came round to dinner one evening and attempted to thrash him with a horsewhip.’
    • ‘Vicious black-eyed figures in long dark cloaks with white neck collars and black horsewhips marshal the procession.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And yes, they felt free to use weapons such as sticks and horsewhips.’
    • ‘By the end of the advert, the black man clearly wishes it had been the horsewhip.’
    • ‘Hence the presence of seven horsewhips, 15 sticks, and four ropes among the various weapons used on minors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She may even use a small horsewhip to keep the man or his horse away.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in entirely unrelated news, a Cambridge, UK company called Mathworks has developed a new electronic horsewhip - called The Register.’
    • ‘He took out his horsewhip and chastised them, and then he fell on his knees and prayed for their souls.’
    • ‘It's not a lack of editorial courage but, one is fairly certain, long experience with the architects with purple faces and metaphoric horsewhips.’
    • ‘Robert LaFosse was the ringmaster who put these tykes through their paces with commanding smacks of a huge horsewhip.’
    whip, horsewhip, bullwhip, switch, scourge, flagellum, cat-o'-nine-tails, cat, thong, flail, strap, birch, cane
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[with object]
  • Beat (a person or animal) with a horsewhip.

    ‘she would horsewhip them mercilessly’
    • ‘She was being brutally horsewhipped by the batons of three burly policemen.’
    • ‘‘They should all be horsewhipped for what they're doing to everyone here,’ I said angrily.’
    • ‘Again was it acceptable in those days to horsewhip a boy in a dairy?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Extended credit was refused and Norberton horsewhipped the moneylender on Newmarket Heath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She responded to a critical article in the Ballarat Times by horsewhipping the editor, who retaliated in kind.’
    • ‘He was horsewhipped for speaking out and, with a bruised and bleeding body, was eventually taken in by the police.’
    • ‘I too think these school-run mums in automotive leviathans should be horsewhipped to within an inch of their lives.’
    • ‘The people responsible should be strung up and horsewhipped and I will personally volunteer for the task.’
    • ‘It was a joke that, were it up to me, would lead to him being instantly horsewhipped until he can bleed no more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For that alone, the makers of this abomination should be horsewhipped.’
    • ‘It's not like the Trading Spaces crew comes to your house and horsewhips you into agreeing to be on it.’
    • ‘There she'd be horsewhipped by the religious police for even showing her face in public.’
    • ‘All I suggest is that she be horsewhipped for putting a full stop wrongly outside a bracket.’
    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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