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whip

 

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.

simple past past participle
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whipped
  • 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.

whipHe's using a whip.

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April 12, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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