One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deliberately excite someone into having a strong feeling or reaction.‘Dad had managed to whip himself up into a fantastic rage’
encourage, act as a fillip to, act as a impetus to, act as a incentive to, act as a spur to, act as a stimulus to, prompt, prod, move, motivate, trigger, spark, spur on, galvanize, activate, kindle, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fuel, whet, nourishView synonyms
- ‘He tried to whip them up into a frenzy.’
- ‘But as they spur each other on, it whips them up to believe it - and for one of them it ends in tragedy.’
- ‘The news deliberately misled an uninformed public and whipped them up into a frenzy about it.’
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