One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A huntsman's assistant who brings straying hounds back into the pack.
- ‘In 1793 three months' hunt wages and the expenses of whippers-in, helpers, hounds and horses kept at Gerrards Cross totalled about 200 [pounds sterling], roughly 53,800 [pounds sterling] a year in today's money.’
- ‘After taking his exams at Marlborough, he went to work for an Irish horse-dealer, then, at 17, joined the Middleton Hunt in North Yorkshire as a whipper-in.’
- ‘A huntsman manages the dogs with the help of his assistants, the whippers-in.’
- ‘Mr Ferry is a well-known hunt supporter and joined the Middleton hunt in Yorkshire as a whipper-in four years ago after leaving Marlborough College.’
- ‘Among the functionaries are a musician-fool, and a kind of whipper-in called the Pot-raj.’
- ‘Their huntsman was Kieran Barrett, Killarney, and the whippers-in were Donal Murphy, Headford, and Dan O'Sullivan, Gneeveguilla.’
- ‘The singer, whose son Otis is an assistant whipper-in for the Middleton Hunt, which sets off from Malton, has spoken of his support for the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance.’
- ‘There is also some ado about puppy-walking and what a whipper-in does, and a number of references to hip flasks.’
- ‘Mr Ferry began his hunting career as a whipper-in with Yorkshire's Middleton Hunt, before becoming the country's youngest master of a hunt, in Shropshire.’
- ‘And what is Anne McGuire thinking of in acting as a whipper-in for these malcontents?’
- ‘So it took me some time to come to terms with the fact that he supports fox hunting and his son is a whipper-in.’
- ‘Some sounded convincing, and might well have once had unions, such as wherrymen, wharfingers, wainscotters, wainwrights and whippers-in.’
- ‘Most of our family and friends hunt so it seemed a great way to celebrate, " said Richard, a livestock farmer and an amateur whipper-in with the South Pembrokeshire Hunt.’
- ‘It was Mrs Staveley who taught its present amateur whipper-in, Eric Simpson, to ride when he took up the sport at the age of 45.’
- ‘A whipper-in, asked what they would do if they uncovered a quarry, said smiling: ‘We'll have to see what pops up.’’
- ‘‘We're a very friendly, laid-back hunt with nothing toffee-nosed about us at all,’ says recently-promoted joint hunt master Judith Skilbeck, also whipper-in.’
- ‘The revived pack were, of course, fox-hounds and Patricia Loftus was the joint master with the late Dr. O'Brien as well as being the first whipper-in.’
- ‘His whippers-in rap out commands to straying hounds in their unreproducible, never varying, clipped tones.’
- ‘Otis was a whipper-in for the Middleton Hunt, based at Birdsall, near Malton.’
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