One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Thin, tough, tightly twisted cord used for making the flexible end part of whips.
- ‘The whipcord only reached eight to ten feet from the handle, at least it seemed it would.’
- ‘The cat-o-nine-tails (thick leather whip) with its knitted thongs of whipcord was pickled in brine to stiffen it when there was an imminent flogging.’
2A closely woven ribbed worsted fabric, used for making garments such as jodhpurs.
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