One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A post to which offenders were tied in order to be whipped as a public punishment.
- ‘There's a terrible scene where he is chained to a whipping post and flogged with sadistic pleasure by brutish Roman guards.’
- ‘In 1908, the police chief recommended the whipping post for wife-beaters.’
- ‘For instance, in a quiet square in Oakham, Leicestershire I spotted the town's 15th century whipping post and stocks.’
- ‘Puzzled, Michael lifted his head to follow her gaze and found himself looking at the man he had seen chained to the whipping post.’
- ‘Between April and October, the town crier issues a daily proclamation at the High Cross, where in bygone times you would have found bear-baiting, stocks and a whipping post.’
whipping post/ˈ(h)wipiNG ˌpōst/
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