Whip v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whipped p. pr. & vb. n. Whipping.]
1. To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender and lithe; to lash; to beat; as, to whip a horse, or a carpet.
2. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
3. To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat; as, to whip a vagrant; to whip one with thirty nine lashes; to whip a perverse boy.
Who, for false quantities, was whipped at school. --Dryden.
4. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
They would whip me with their fine wits. --Shak.
5. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.
6. To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
7. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass. [Slang, U. S.]
8. To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a seam; to wrap; -- often with about, around, or over.
Its string is firmly whipped about with small gut. --Moxon.
9. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread; as, to whip a ruffle.
In half-whipped muslin needles useless lie. --Gay.
10. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into, out, up, off, and the like.
She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her arm. --L'Estrange.
He whips out his pocketbook every moment, and writes descriptions of everything he sees. --Walpole.
11. Naut. (a) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip. (b) To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
12. To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.
Whipping their rough surface for a trout. --Emerson.
To whip in, to drive in, or keep from scattering, as hounds in a hurt; hence, to collect, or to keep together, as member of a party, or the like.
To whip the cat. (a) To practice extreme parsimony. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby. (b) To go from house to house working by the day, as itinerant tailors and carpenters do. [Prov. & U. S.]
n 1: an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used
2: a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
[syn: party whip]
3: a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or
cream and usually flavored with fruit
4: (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
5: a quick blow with a whip [syn: lash, whiplash]
v 1: beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged
the students"; "The children were severely trounced"
[syn: flog, welt, lather, lash, slash, strap,
2: defeat thoroughly; "He mopped up the floor with his
opponents" [syn: worst, pip, mop up, rack up]
3: thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash; "The tall
grass whipped in the wind"
4: strike as if by whipping; "The curtain whipped her face"
5: whip with or as if with a wire whisk; "whisk the eggs" [syn:
6: subject to harsh criticism; "The Senator blistered the
administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor
scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the
community" [syn: blister, scald]
[also: whipping, whipped]