Definition of whip in English:



  • 1A strip of leather or length of cord fastened to a handle, used for flogging or beating a person or for urging on an animal.

    • ‘The young king let out a cry of surprise and pain as the whip came down on his back.’
    • ‘The third horse starts to run when it really feels the pain of the whip on its skin.’
    • ‘Children no older than you are had to work twelve hours a day for cruel masters, who flogged them with whips if they worked too slowly and fed them on nothing but stale breadcrusts and water.’
    • ‘He heard the leather whip hit her back and her curses and prayers to stop echoed in his head.’
    • ‘The man brought the whip across her shoulders, eliciting another cry of pain from his captive.’
    • ‘It pictures a man holding a whip, and flogging himself with it.’
    • ‘I wouldn't be surprised if they walked around their office wearing tight leather and vinyl with whips and riding crops at their sides.’
    • ‘He held a leather whip and pointed to the left and the right.’
    • ‘Her thick fingers clenched around the leather whip at her side, and her face was quickly turning red.’
    • ‘However, we noticed that on three different occasions over a four-day period, Max's sister made jokes about leather outfits and whips.’
    • ‘In the past farmers scared off elephants by beating drums or cracking whips.’
    • ‘Even asking questions in class warranted a lash of the whip.’
    • ‘The presiding judge also sentenced the girl to 100 lashes with a whip, despite her claim that she had been raped, he said.’
    • ‘He winced in pain as the whip came down upon him again and again.’
    • ‘One lady dressed in tight black leather and brandishing a whip, insisted on chasing Geoff and me around the dance floor.’
    • ‘Alison ran over to Rachel and saw the slash wounds she had on her legs from the leather whip and the bullet wound in her shoulder.’
    • ‘In large classrooms on the upper floors of the western buildings, the patrol found heaps of shackles, handcuffs, whips and lengths of chain.’
    • ‘He makes handmade leather belts, whips and other items.’
    • ‘When she got there, she grabbed the leather whip that was hanging on the wall next to her.’
    • ‘The police brandish leather bats, whips, long sticks and Kalashnikov rifles.’
    • ‘It wasn't very impressive, just a leather whip, but from the looks of it, her father had used it a lot at one time.’
    • ‘Public attitudes to punishment are revealed by the readiness of juries to acquit parents who have hit their children with whips, canes, riding crops, electric flexes, and belts.’
    • ‘Some teachers also punish students by flogging them with whips made of rubber (from strips of old car tires), with heavier canes, or simply by slapping, kicking, or pinching them.’
    lash, scourge, thong, strap, belt
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    1. 1.1 A blow with a whip or similar implement.
      • ‘What my father didn't know was that my brother would look after me; if I got the whip, when my dad had left, Jonathan would always clean the blood off my back.’
      • ‘The slaves received the whip with more certainty and regularity than they received their food.’
    2. 1.2 Used to refer to something causing pain or acting as a stimulus to action.
      ‘the team management had decided to crack the whip on player indiscipline’
      • ‘Most projects take as long as they take, although scientists are usually in so much of a hurry to get results that there's no need to crack the whip.’
      • ‘I would crack the whip and get the band all together.’
      • ‘Goring knew when to crack the whip and when to ease off; the result was a team that played as hard in April as it did in October.’
      • ‘Patronage and profit, with occasional touches of the whip, kept wartime Britain in order.’
      • ‘With a silver ring glinting in his ear, and a fag dripping from the corner of his mouth he comes across as a laid-back guy who finds it hard to crack the whip when necessary.’
      • ‘Despite the unions being under the whip of recession and economic restructuring, their battle continues, only becoming more clearly international.’
      • ‘Did your co-stars respect your director position or did you have to crack the whip, so to speak?’
      • ‘He is expected to crack the whip today by telling districts and schools to radically review their programmes.’
      • ‘It also wants all broadcasters to provide news content for kids - and if this doesn't happen, it wants the regulator to crack the whip over dumbed-down channels.’
      • ‘Bangalore's image will take a beating if the government doesn't crack the whip and get things moving fast.’
      • ‘Labour is acting under the whip of both the US and Europe, who have called for Israeli restraint and a resumption of talks.’
      • ‘With local authorities falling behind, the Scottish Executive must crack the whip and get things back on track.’
      • ‘If he thinks that people are being too happy, he's sure to crack the whip.’
      • ‘And he won't be trying to crack the whip to keep an absurdly wide coalition government together.’
  • 2An official of a political party appointed to maintain parliamentary discipline among its members, especially so as to ensure attendance and voting in debates.

    • ‘It is understood that the party whips may be meeting in advance of the June meeting in an attempt to resolve the issue.’
    • ‘The Tory peer fully backed up his comments, thus risking being summoned by the Tory whips' office.’
    • ‘Alex Johnstone, the parliamentary whip, said MSPs had only discussed a ‘broad position’.’
    • ‘Why throw your standing with the whips away for nothing?’
    • ‘While this was taking place, those other upholders of Parliamentary law - the whips - were being altogether less civilised.’
    • ‘Is this wishful thinking in the age of spin doctors and party whips?’
    • ‘A decline in party discipline and of members' willingness to obey the whips, is one means of restoring influence to the backbenchers.’
    • ‘It is almost certain that a government with a decent Parliamentary majority will win this as the bill represents what that government wants and the party whips will ensure that a smooth vote takes place.’
    • ‘The influence of the party whips needs to be curbed.’
    • ‘If only people would realise that without the whips, Parliament would cease to function.’
    • ‘Annette Rademeyer retained her position as chief whip and Ronnie Dawson was elected as deputy chief whip.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday, 122 Labour MPs defied the party whips and voted against their own government, by far the largest such rebellion in modern British history.’
    • ‘He stated that it had been his intention to inform the members following the meeting and that he had informed the party whips earlier that morning.’
    • ‘He is to look at ongoing training for party whips to deal with an attack.’
    • ‘He was made chief whip, a position he retained after the 1992 election, having been one of the negotiating team that hammered out the coalition deal with Labour.’
    • ‘Therefore, the pressure party whips can bring onto these politicians is weak.’
    • ‘But Alun Michael, the rural affairs minister, and the whips gradually persuaded backbench MPs to vote to offer the compromise to peers one more time.’
    • ‘The attorney general and the government chief whip also sit at the cabinet table, although they are not formally members of the government.’
    • ‘He will also meet the party whips and will meet the councillors from each local electoral area to explain the new set up and answer any queries they have.’
    • ‘I thank the whips and parties in the House for giving me an assurance that they will support that.’
    • ‘Legislative whips from across party lines promised the speaker they would ask their colleagues not to use foreign languages on the legislative floor.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the Prime Minister has had no difficulty in finding Parliamentary whips to organise majorities even for the most contentious legislation.’
    • ‘Simon Power sits on the front bench and his colleague on the back bench - the whips cannot even talk to each other in the National Party these days.’
    1. 2.1British A written notice from a whip requesting attendance for voting.
      • ‘Despite the party whip, 36 Labour MPs voted against the 42-day detention bill.’
      • ‘For the ANC, this has allowed us to prepare a one-page Weekly Whip for our Members, informing us exactly when each debate is to take place and whether there is a two or three-line whip.’
      • ‘One in seven Labour MPs defied the whip by voting against or abstaining.’
    2. 2.2the whipBritish Membership of the group of MPs that form the official, elected representation of a particular political party, together with the duties or rights associated with such membership.
      ‘he resigned the Tory whip in protest at mine closures’
      • ‘A spokesman for the Conservative party said that since she had had the whip withdrawn from her she could no longer have any of the normal backing given to Conservative MPs.’
      • ‘The MPs incurred the wrath of Mr Trimble and his supporters in June when they resigned the whip at Westminster in a policy row.’
      • ‘I resigned the whip while the investigation took place and now three months down the line, police have told my lawyer there is no evidence against me.’
      • ‘There was no discussion about me losing the party whip.’
      • ‘As a deputy for North Tipperary his breaking of ranks over the Hanley Report hasn't cost him either his ministry or the party whip.’
      • ‘The motion to withdraw the whip would not prejudice her appeal.’
      • ‘The unions say the rebels should be ‘honest enough to resign the whip.’’
      • ‘While he continued to enjoy the privilege of the whip he continued to represent and be seen as part of a minority opinion within the Conservative Party, Mr Morris said.’
      • ‘The party's ruling council has been convened to debate disciplinary action against three MPs who have defied party policy and have resigned the whip at Westminster.’
      • ‘He was stripped of the Conservative whip for expressing a mild opinion about spending cuts.’
      • ‘They resigned the party whip at Westminster last month in protest at party policy.’
      • ‘They should withdraw the whip from her immediately.’
      • ‘Norman Fowler, chairman of the Conservative Party, claimed that withdrawing the whip was a bad move because it made the rebels into martyrs.’
      • ‘The speed of his decision to withdraw the whip reflects the determination of the Tory leader that the party should not be affected by any taint of racism.’
      • ‘The MPs angered the party leadership in June by resigning the whip at Westminster in a row over policy.’
  • 3mass noun A dessert consisting of cream or eggs beaten into a light fluffy mass with fruit, chocolate, or other ingredients.

    • ‘Learn how to make lemon whip by following this easy recipe.’
    • ‘The fritters and walnut whip are now ready to be enjoyed.’
  • 4

    short for whipper-in
    • ‘The whips go to the covert (a thicket or section of woods where the fox is supposed to be) and watch for the fox to go away, and then they signal the fox's escape from the covert.’
    • ‘The ‘whips’ must not allow the hounds to go onto land where hunting is not permitted.’
  • 5A slender, unbranched shoot or plant.

    • ‘Each spring, bunches of whips grow out of these branches and away from the wall toward the sun.’
  • 6North American with modifier A scythe for cutting specified crops.

    ‘a grass whip’
    • ‘Help! My grass is out of control and I will need a grass whip to cut some places that I can't drive my lawn mower.’
    • ‘Today I’d like to spend a few minutes discussing what is commonly known as a weed whip or grass trimmer.’
  • 7A rope-and-pulley hoisting apparatus.

    • ‘These whips are exceptionally strong and will not obstruct your waterfront view.’
    • ‘You can shorten the pulley whip down to 350mm although most that I know of go to about 400.’
  • 8US informal A car.

    ‘I just got new wheels for my whip’
    • ‘A change of scenery has the dude driving his whip and heading out on a shopping spree.’
    • ‘I parked my whip in their convenient back lot.’
    • ‘It's a reminder that I have at my fingertips the ability to make several hundred dollars over the weekend, on my own time, in my own whip.’
    • ‘The sweepstakes offers a student and their guest a ride to and from prom in a luxury whip.’
    • ‘He talks about the financial debacle of paying for his first luxury whip.’
    • ‘This song will sound ill in my whip this summer.’
    • ‘It brings your personalized experience to any compatible car, so you have the same experience in a rental as you do in your own whip.’
    • ‘He appears to be driving her new whip, as he posted a picture of himself sitting on the Porsche.’
    • ‘He parks his whip right in his old neighborhood.’
    • ‘I dropped off my whip for a tune up in March.’


[with object]
  • 1Beat (a person or animal) with a whip or similar instrument, especially as a punishment or to urge them on.

    ‘Lewis whipped the boy twenty times’
    • ‘But every time my mother would punish me by whipping me with the duster, my father would rush over to shield me.’
    • ‘Later, in front of my entire unit, he told me to lie down on a box and then he whipped me twenty-five times.’
    • ‘Whenever he does call you a bad name or threatens to whip you or anything else, tell your mom ASAP and have her talk to him and again.’
    • ‘They're biting her, cutting her, whipping her, beating her, and she cries and screams but doesn't fight back.’
    • ‘Then he was dipped into a vat of water as he was whipped and beaten before being assaulted with an iron bar.’
    • ‘Jarrett came out and punched Hart, tore off his shirt and started whipping him with a belt.’
    • ‘‘Four people pushed me down on the ground and whipped me for 40 minutes,’ he said.’
    • ‘But after he leaves, the man grabs the boy, reties him to the tree and whips him to within an inch of his life before untying him.’
    • ‘He never took showers with us after gym class, because he knew we'd whip him with our wet towels.’
    • ‘Refusing to betray his comrades, he was whipped until ‘his flesh hung in strips’ and branded with hot irons.’
    • ‘The guards beat him and Lionel Alden whipped him with a bullwhip.’
    • ‘After the match, Daniels took off his belt and whipped the guy hard for screwing up.’
    • ‘There they kicked us, beat us, whipped us with electric cables and shocked us with electricity!’
    • ‘When he was on the ground, I started whipping him with the belt that went around my kilt.’
    • ‘I went off to government boarding schools and there they used to whip you and beat you if you spoke your Indian language.’
    • ‘November saw they boy's father saying he never beat his son up, but that he did whip him.’
    • ‘We'd fight and then hide once mom started yelling because if we didn't, she'd either slap our bare bottoms with her hand or whip us with a belt.’
    • ‘‘Say thank you,’ I said, idly whipping him with the suede strap on my handbag.’
    • ‘He was whipped with a belt if he came in late to work, kicked and verbally abused.’
    • ‘The Romans captured this slave girl, tied her to a stake, tore open the back of her dress, and started whipping her.’
    flog, scourge, flagellate, lash, birch, switch, tan, strap, belt, cane, thrash, beat, leather, tan someone's hide, whip someone's hide, give someone a hiding, beat the living daylights out of
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    1. 1.1 (of a flexible object or rain or wind) strike or beat violently.
      ‘the wind whipped their faces’
      • ‘Those on hand waited eagerly for the choppers as the mist turned to rain and the wind whipped the palm trees that edge the field.’
      • ‘They're being whipped by winds of as much as 30 miles an hour.’
      • ‘The wind whipped at the exposed flesh around her neck and the sun heated the dark suede of her jacket, warming her arms.’
      • ‘Wet ferns whipped her legs; vines tripped her.’
      • ‘Reeds whipped and choked us.’
      • ‘More rain and cold wind whipped at him, and he shivered again.’
      • ‘Wind whipped at his face as he fell but it wasn't a cold wind but a warm wind.’
      • ‘The wind whipped at his clothing, growing stronger by the second.’
      • ‘He pulled his trenchcoat close around him, as the wind whipped at his hair and clothes.’
      • ‘The wind whipped at her back and her hair and the sea spray stung her skin.’
      • ‘His hair was constantly being whipped back by the wind, but he didn't mind.’
      • ‘Her blond hair was being whipped by the wind and behind her black clouds boiled and lightning flashed, or so it seemed to George and the woman.’
      • ‘The wind whipped the rain into Nicole's face and within seconds she was soaked clear through.’
      • ‘Wind whipped my long, unruly black hair into my eyes, and I spat it out as I climbed into the driver's seat of my father's brand new Lexus.’
      • ‘Out in the open sea, whipped by the wind, waves were bursting over the just-submerged reefs.’
      • ‘Jason looks around, his pale gold-brown hair whipped by the wind.’
      • ‘I pulled my cloak a bit tighter as a gust of wind whipped powder snow from a nearby drift and swirled it around us in a chill flurry.’
      • ‘He landed about twenty feet away, the resulting gust of wind whipping Andrew's hair in front of him.’
      • ‘They were gone at last, the warm wind whipping her long brown locks as they bounded through the grass.’
      • ‘There were huge, surging black waves, whipped by a driving wind and crashing in on their small craft.’
      • ‘All of the windows were rolled down and the wind whipped at our hair.’
      • ‘The wind whipped at his hair and clothes, a brisk wind that blew from the Forgotten Mountains.’
      hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap
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    2. 1.2informal (of a player or team) defeat (a person or team) heavily in a sporting contest.
      ‘he whipped the Brazilian 6-1, 6-2, 6-3’
      • ‘Promoters even brought Jim Jeffries out of retirement in 1910 in the expectation that he would whip Johnson.’
      • ‘Pakistan had whipped the same Malaysian team 6-1 in an earlier league match.’
      • ‘Not only were the Rockies losing every day, they were getting whipped.’
      • ‘Well, we're getting whipped right now here in Virginia Beach.’
      • ‘Playing soft in practice and hard in games is a lazy man's approach and you will get whipped by the teams that play hard in practice, too.’
      • ‘This may seem ridiculous coming a day after we were whipped 5-2 in New Zealand.’
      • ‘Even now, no one is talking about how Australia whipped us in the one-day series.’
      • ‘Not only were they whipped by a better team but they also showed very little fighting spirit at times and some of the errors had to be seen to be believed.’
      • ‘Look at our results this season and only two teams have whipped us, the Ospreys and Toulouse.’
      • ‘They then whipped Neepawa 14-2 in a five-inning game as Hamm had a nearly perfect game going until the fifth.’
      trounce, defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, annihilate, drub, rout, give someone a drubbing, crush, overwhelm, bring someone to their knees
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  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Move fast or suddenly in a specified direction.

    ‘he whipped round to face them’
    • ‘William whipped around each corner, and ambled down short staircases with such ease, it was a wonder that Virginia could keep up with him.’
    • ‘Lauren suddenly stood up and whipped around to face him angrily.’
    • ‘He jerked upright, his head whipping around in her direction.’
    • ‘One of my first days in Hong Kong I came within about an inch of being flattened by a speeding Mercedes Benz that whipped unexpectedly around a corner.’
    • ‘She whipped around the last corner and came to a screeching halt in front of his front door.’
    • ‘Anyway, rant over, because this morning as I whipped down the road to get the Sunday newspapers I walked through my rose garden and discovered the very first rose bloom of spring.’
    • ‘I was startled, and my head whipped toward the direction of the voice.’
    • ‘She and I were laughing and joking as the car whipped round curves at 70 mph.’
    • ‘Suddenly the man whipped around, raising a gun to her head.’
    • ‘With the top down, Jake and I don't talk much as we whip down the road with nothing more than fields in sight.’
    • ‘People willing to spend about $80 will be able to whip through security at three airport checkpoints.’
    • ‘Shelby heard it, and her head whipped around in his direction.’
    • ‘As we came around a curve, a speedboat came whipping around the corner, soaking us to the bone.’
    • ‘He reached into his backpack for black nylon rope which he swiftly whipped around the circumference of a nearby chimney.’
    • ‘My head whipped up so fast I nearly dropped my notebook.’
    rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, hare, bound, fly, speed, streak, zoom, plunge, dive, whisk, scurry, scuttle, scamper, scramble
    dash, rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, hare, bound, fly, speed, streak, zoom, plunge, dive, whisk, scurry, scuttle, scamper, scramble
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    1. 2.1with object and adverbial of direction Take out or move (something) fast or suddenly.
      ‘he whipped out his revolver and shot him’
      • ‘A thumb lightly whipped away her tears from her cheeks.’
      • ‘With a self-satisfied flourish, she whipped her iPod out of her pocket and held it in front of my face.’
      • ‘He grabbed her arms suddenly and whipped her body around, moving her backwards until she was backed up against the wall, trapped.’
      • ‘Suddenly, she whipped out these huge, thick books.’
      • ‘I, in turn, whipped my legs off the ground with such speed as to make a drill sergeant weep with joy.’
      • ‘The boy grabbed my shoulder and whipped me around.’
      • ‘A long low ball from Paudge Cuddy fell into the path of James Hooban and he tapped it past the advancing Liam Aherne before whipping it into an empty net.’
      • ‘She heard a knock at the door, and quickly whipped the tear away.’
      • ‘She was suddenly aware of a presence beside her, and whipped her head about.’
      • ‘‘Oh no you don't,’ he said, taking hold of her shoulder and whipping her around again.’
      • ‘The boys turned back to their bowling game, which as it turned out, was merely a contest to see who could whip the ball fastest down the lane.’
      • ‘Adrian suddenly whipped out his phone and positioned it against my face and declared that he wanted to take a picture of me.’
      • ‘And to demonstrate he whipped a white tea towel off a rail, and pulled it over his face, while giving a silent scream.’
      • ‘She lifted her face and whipped away some tears and gave a big sniff.’
      • ‘The ambassador grabbed me by the wrist and whipped me away to the airport in his chauffeur-driven car.’
      • ‘The travel writer who was hosting the lunch suddenly whipped out a picture he had taken of the planes going over his apartment.’
      • ‘I doubt I swallowed enough to bother about, but she whipped me off to the hospital.’
      • ‘A young woman suddenly jumped up and whipped out her silver and blue flip phone from her back right pocket, which had abruptly vibrated.’
      • ‘You think you've got past him and suddenly, out they stretch and the ball is whipped away.’
      • ‘‘I was whipping their water bottles back at them so there was a huge, huge bottle fight going on,’ she says.’
      pull, whisk, snatch, pluck, tug, jerk, remove, take
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  • 3Beat (cream, eggs, or other food) into a froth.

    • ‘I whipped the heavy cream into a fluffy cloud, adding three capfuls of vanilla for flavoring.’
    • ‘For the filling, lightly whip the cream, then fold in the yoghurt, sugar and rosewater.’
    • ‘You can whip melted chocolate like cream, the fat and the lecithin acting as a stabilizer for the foam.’
    • ‘Whip about a cup of cream until, well, you know, until it's whipped.’
    • ‘Using the whipping attachments, whip the sugar and cream until medium stiff peaks are achieved.’
    • ‘Macrobiotic food obviously suits him - today he couldn't whip cream.’
    • ‘The recipe she gives us involves whipping the pudding in a blender as the last step.’
    • ‘In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream until it forms peaks.’
    • ‘It's nice that the potatoes are whipped, piped onto the plate and then broiled quickly to develop a crisp outside before being served.’
    • ‘Just before serving, gently whip the double cream, icing sugar and vanilla until it just starts to thicken.’
    • ‘Lightly whip the cream until it begins to thicken and fold it into the yoghurt mixture with the vanilla seeds.’
    • ‘Today he almost managed to make butter when whipping the cream for the strawberries we had for dessert.’
    • ‘It doesn't take as long a time as you'd think to whip cream with a whisk.’
    • ‘For the mousseline, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream to soft peaks.’
    • ‘Lightly whip the cream into soft peaks, then gently fold it in to achieve the required whipped consistency.’
    • ‘To serve the dessert, whip the cream with the confectioners' sugar.’
    • ‘For the chive cream, lightly whip the cream with a small pinch of salt and pepper, so that it thickens slightly but is still runny.’
    • ‘Lightly whip the cream and fold this in, along with the vanilla essence.’
    • ‘Meanwhile whip the cream with the caster sugar.’
    whisk, beat, mix, stir
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  • 4British informal Steal (something)

    ‘the escaper had whipped his overcoat’
    • ‘What's really annoying, from a sales assistant's point of view is when you look for something on the system and it says it's there, but you can't find it (probably because someone's whipped it) and the customer often then takes it out on you and you end up having a horrible day at work.’
    • ‘Christmas is special in many homes, but not when intruders whip four garden gnomes.’
    steal, purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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  • 5Bind (something) with spirally wound twine.

    ‘the side linings are whipped or hemmed’
    • ‘The edges are whipped with wool yarns.’
    1. 5.1 Sew or gather (something) with overcast stitches.
      ‘she began whipping narrow lace along the top of the garment’
      • ‘Not only did they listen while they mixed cakes or whipped seams, but they often repeated in concert and memorized much of what was read to them.’


  • when the whips are cracking

    • When the action starts.

      ‘snob he may be, but he's always there when the whips are cracking’
      • ‘He will probably be offside when the whips are cracking.’
      • ‘Potentially he could miss one or two weeks, but he'll certainly be available when the whips are cracking.’
      • ‘He's very ambitious and some people think he's arrogant, but he will always 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 is a class act and someone who will undoubtedly be there when the whips are cracking.’
      • ‘They both have their finger on the pulse of events, and will be there when the whips are cracking.’
      • ‘He said he would try to ensure they are there when the whips are cracking.’
      • ‘"He's always there when the whips are cracking," Mick said once in admiration.’
      • ‘All going well, she will be there when the whips are cracking next March.’
      • ‘When the whips are cracking, conciliation goes overboard.’
  • the whip hand

    • A position of power or control over someone.

      ‘he had the whip hand over other members of the cabinet’
      • ‘Needless to say, in any power struggle the solutions proposed by the warring parties could not be more different, with both sides wanting the whip hand.’
      • ‘As you can imagine the bowlers held the whip hand.’
      • ‘Now players have the whip hand, just like Hollywood stars of the post-studio era, and they often behave badly.’
      • ‘A friend in broadcasting had told me recently that the program writers are very careful to only write banter that is offensive to the male hosts, giving the female host the whip hand.’
      • ‘Other quoted car-dealer groups have also seen their values soar, buoyed by changes to regulations that once gave car makers the whip hand in their relationship with dealers, and by the strong British car market.’
      • ‘The Council of Ministers holds the whip hand over the Commission.’
      • ‘He still has the whip hand, and concerns about his powers are spreading far beyond the elite of the Labour Party.’
      • ‘Even though Pakistan held the whip hand for much of the Lahore Test, India kept staging mini-comebacks throughout the match, and kept the interest alive.’
      • ‘Certainly, the two former groups appear to hold the whip hand as never before.’
      • ‘If they stick to their guns, to my mind great home cooks have the whip hand, delivering the most memorable, satisfying and delicious food you are ever likely to eat.’
      • ‘Everyone is well aware who holds the whip hand both financially and militarily.’
      the upper hand, a commanding position, an edge, the edge, an advantage, a lead, a head start, ascendancy, superiority, supremacy, sway, control, predominance, power, mastery, dominance, command
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  • whips of

    • Large quantities of.

      ‘tea with whips of sugar’

Phrasal Verbs

  • whip in

    • Act as whipper-in.

      • ‘Judith Keating whipped in for many years and was very active in the breeding and training of the hounds.’
  • whip someone into

    • Urge or rouse someone into (a specified state or position)

      ‘the radio host whipped his listeners into a frenzy’
      • ‘I suspect that was the straw that broke the camel's back and whipped them into migratory action, so to speak, because Leah and Jason arrived in Darwin not long afterwards.’
      • ‘With the help of his trainer Percy, Hilary manages to whip Eddie into decent shape and secures a big fight.’
      • ‘Perversely, such words of steel were meant to calm the American people, not whip them into a vengeful fervour.’
      • ‘This Argentinian wine is packed with delicious ripe berry character that will seduce you with its soft silky tannins, only to whip you into submission with a core of intense fruit.’
      • ‘The purpose of his visit to nine Arab regimes, plus Turkey and Israel, is to whip them into line behind the war.’
      • ‘Performing in front of his home-town crowd at the Velodrome, Farnell was whipped into a virtual frenzy by the cheering fans.’
      • ‘It had become standard party propaganda, but now it took on a menacing air as it was used to goad the troops, to whip them into the state of mind in which they would sacrifice anything for the revolution.’
      • ‘Maybe they're building anticipation, whipping us into such a frenzy that we couldn't wait another day to see what happens to Tony, his family, and his other ‘family.’’
      • ‘It merely serves as a pretext to whip the country into a war frenzy and to justify insertion of large numbers of troops into Mesopotamia.’
      • ‘Large crowds gathered despite the overcast conditions and they were whipped into a storm by the Eurosport cycling expert commentator Mike Smith.’
      • ‘The opening speech reminded me of Walter Hill's ‘The Warriors’, gathering the gangs together, whipping them into an erotic frenzy.’
      • ‘Adolescence is difficult for such people; peer-pressure and hormonal disruption whips them into forced emotion, sends them spinning like that Victorian toy called a whipping-top.’
      • ‘Over the next several months, Marinello whipped them into shape.’
      • ‘However, those same predictions can whip us into frenzy if the fateful deadline looms ahead.’
      • ‘Football fans at Sunderland's Stadium of Light are whipped into collective hatred of visiting teams by the playing of Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, itself a tender love story.’
      • ‘If you've decided that you want to win the battle against the bulge, then you're ready for this three-step strategy that can whip you into great shape and help get you on track for a fitter future.’
      • ‘Wouldn't they see similarities in the way they were whipped into a nationalistic fervour with the current manipulation of public opinion that has seen desperate refugees transformed into terrorists?’
      • ‘He has been whipped into line and made to vote against legislation that he knows is eminently sensible and very workable.’
      • ‘After whipping us into a cheering frenzy, Carlson grows suddenly subdued.’
      • ‘He will have his hands full if he intends to whip it into an effective agency.’
      rouse, stir up, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire up, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, get someone going, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke
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  • whip someone up

    • Deliberately excite or provoke someone.

      ‘Dad had managed to whip himself up into a fantastic rage’
      • ‘He tried to whip them up into a frenzy.’
      • ‘But as they spur each other on, it whips them up to believe it - and for one of them it ends in tragedy.’
      • ‘The news deliberately misled an uninformed public and whipped them up into a frenzy about it.’
      encourage, act as a fillip to, act as a impetus to, act as a incentive to, act as a spur to, act as a stimulus to, prompt, prod, move, motivate, trigger, spark, spur on, galvanize, activate, kindle, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fuel, whet, nourish
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  • whip something up

    • 1Stimulate a particular feeling in someone.

      ‘we tried hard to whip up interest in the products’
      • ‘But its real aim is to whip up fear and hysteria over refugees.’
      • ‘Historical personalities, like Shivaji, have also been used to whip up regional sentiments.’
      • ‘They will not hesitate to whip up ethnic hatred as was done with such terrible consequences in Rwanda.’
      • ‘There's just a bunch of liberal activists whipping up needless hysteria.’
      • ‘You whip up hatred against minorities, asylum seekers, working people, and trade unionists like me.’
      • ‘The attempts to whip up public sentiment against teachers have, however, fallen flat.’
      • ‘A media frenzy followed that whipped up fear and outrage against the Maori people.’
      • ‘But every time governments and the media have whipped up such hysteria it has boosted racism.’
      • ‘The right-wing press has jumped on fears about gun crime to whip up racism.’
      stimulate, rouse, arouse, stir up, work up, wake, waken, awaken, quicken, inspire, call forth, bring into being, call into being, draw forth, bring out, excite, evoke, whet, stir, provoke, spur, fire, inflame, trigger, prompt, induce, encourage, actuate, activate, touch off, spark off, set off, set going, incite, promote, engender, generate
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    • 2Make or prepare something, typically food, very quickly.

      ‘I joined my mother in the kitchen to whip up a batch of cakes’
      • ‘I make little tarts with a nice buttery pastry whipped up in the food processor.’
      • ‘It's a busy kitchen where speed is of the essence and this creation was whipped up faster than you can say pan-seared fish with herb, garlic and cheese sauce!’
      • ‘This time he whipped us up some chunky soup with beef and vegetables and noodles.’
      • ‘‘Sure,’ he answered, ‘point me to the kitchen, and I'll whip something up for us to eat.’’
      • ‘And for our family, holidays are not complete without whipping up traditional batches of persimmon cookies.’
      • ‘I had so-called Spanish omelette in mind, but couldn't even be bothered to start looking for recipes, so I just whipped something up.’
      • ‘Not quite a master chef, but give me some ingredients and I'll whip something up.’
      • ‘You may think whipping up a batch of healthful muffins is a time-consuming endeavor.’
      • ‘Tell the executive chef your recipe and he whips it up for you.’
      • ‘It's not always on the menu, but the friendly staff will be happy to whip you up a BLT on home-made crusty bread provided the ingredients are in stock.’


Middle English: probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wippen ‘swing, leap, dance’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘move quickly’. The noun is partly from the verb, reinforced by Middle Low German wippe ‘quick movement’.