Definition of whipping post in US English:

whipping post

noun

historical
  • A post to which offenders were tied in order to be whipped as a public punishment.

    • ‘Puzzled, Michael lifted his head to follow her gaze and found himself looking at the man he had seen chained to the whipping post.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

whipping post

/ˈ(h)wipiNG ˌpōst/