Definition of when the whips are cracking in English:

when the whips are cracking

phrase

Australian, NZ
  • When the action starts.

    ‘snob he may be, but he's always there when the whips are cracking’
    • ‘When the whips are cracking, conciliation goes overboard.’
    • ‘All going well, she will be there when the whips are cracking next March.’
    • ‘"He's always there when the whips are cracking," Mick said once in admiration.’
    • ‘He's very ambitious and some people think he's arrogant, but he will always be there when the whips are cracking.’
    • ‘He is a class act and someone who will undoubtedly be there when the whips are cracking.’
    • ‘Potentially he could miss one or two weeks, but he'll certainly be available when the whips are cracking.’
    • ‘They both have their finger on the pulse of events, and will be there when the whips are cracking.’
    • ‘"There are two sorts of people," he would say, "those who are around when the whips are cracking and those who are not."’
    • ‘He will probably be offside when the whips are cracking.’
    • ‘He said he would try to ensure they are there when the whips are cracking.’