April 12, 2016
A person or a thing that is whipped is beaten with a
long, thin object such as a rope or a cord. The reason for whipping an animal or a person is punishment or discipline.
- The man whipped his kids when they misbehaved.
- He gave them a whipping. ("Whipping" is a noun.)
- It's not legal in the United States to whip a person with a real whip as a form of punishment.
The word "whip" is also used to describe the outcome of a competition:
- We whipped the other team. (We beat them.)
- The other team got whipped. (They got beaten.)
- The Vikings whipped the Panthers, 45 to 7. (The Vikings won easily.)
There are many other ways to use this word:
- I feel whipped after working all day. (whipped = tired)
- The coach whipped the players into shape. (whip into shape = provide training)
- When the supervisor isn't around to crack the whip, the employees of the company like to goof around. (crack the whip = provide discipline at work or school)
- Martha whipped up something for dinner in just 15 minutes. (whip up = make something quickly)
- How did she whip that up so fast?
The word "whip" is also a noun that refers to the long woven piece of leather used for training animals.
- A lion tamer uses a whip when he works with lions.
- Horses are made to travel faster with a whip.
- Most people consider the use of a whip to be barbaric.
- Another word for "whip" is "lash." When someone receives lashes as a form of punishment, it means that person is whipped with a whip.
He's using a whip.
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