One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The last side of a sheep to be shorn.‘the shearer had completed the long blow and was cleaning the head on the whipping side’
- ‘I started the last side, the whipping side, each blow travelling out to the end of the last leg.’
- ‘I knelt with one knee on the board and kept coming down the whipping side.’
- ‘The whipping side of a sheep was the right-hand side, the last to be shorn.’
- ‘i drove 'em on the long blow and down the whipping side.’
- ‘My shears they will go freely when I'm on the whipping side.’
Late 19th century: from whip (verb) in the sense ‘move something fast or suddenly’.
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