Definition of horsewhip in US English:



  • A long whip used for driving and controlling horses.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Extended credit was refused and Norberton horsewhipped the moneylender on Newmarket Heath.’
    • ‘Normally, I think anyone guilty of that offence should be horsewhipped and never allowed near human society, never mind a racecourse, ever again.’
    • ‘I too think these school-run mums in automotive leviathans should be horsewhipped to within an inch of their lives.’
    • ‘She was being brutally horsewhipped by the batons of three burly policemen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All I suggest is that she be horsewhipped for putting a full stop wrongly outside a bracket.’
    • ‘He was horsewhipped for speaking out and, with a bruised and bleeding body, was eventually taken in by the police.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not like the Trading Spaces crew comes to your house and horsewhips you into agreeing to be on it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They should all be horsewhipped for what they're doing to everyone here,’ I said angrily.’
    • ‘The people responsible should be strung up and horsewhipped and I will personally volunteer for the task.’
    • ‘Again was it acceptable in those days to horsewhip a boy in a dairy?’
    • ‘For that alone, the makers of this abomination should be horsewhipped.’
    • ‘He is an unrepentant hyena who should be horsewhipped.’
    • ‘There she'd be horsewhipped by the religious police for even showing her face in public.’
    • ‘She responded to a critical article in the Ballarat Times by horsewhipping the editor, who retaliated in kind.’
    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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