One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short flexible whip with a loop for the hand, used in riding horses.
whip, lash, scourge, cat, thong, switch, birch, cane, stickView synonyms
- ‘Keith tucks his riding crop under his arm and hops up on Chief.’
- ‘A horse whip conjures up visions of a long stock type whip, where a riding crop is a small item, about 18 inches long and is designed to give a short sharp sting with no seen physical effects.’
- ‘And someone should take a riding crop to the film-makers.’
- ‘Two hours later, Thompson came bellowing into the room holding a glass of whisky and a leather riding crop.’
- ‘Public attitudes to punishment are revealed by the readiness of juries to acquit parents who have hit their children with whips, canes, riding crops, electric flexes, and belts.’
- ‘The other case was the woman who was acquitted in court for using a riding crop on her son.’
- ‘Robert whipped at a patch of well-kept grass with his riding crop.’
- ‘Skinner kept canes and a riding crop in his locker, which he used on his victims.’
- ‘One of the lads began beating the horses on their quarters with a riding crop to get them into the water, despite the fact that both horses were terrified.’
- ‘She rode on unharmed, no doubt breathing a sigh of relief as the only weapon she carried was a riding crop.’
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