American English

Definition of whip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a long, thin piece of rope or leather, attached to a handle, used for making animals move or punishing people He cracked his whip and the horse leapt forward.
  2. 2[countable] an official in a political party who is responsible for making sure that party members attend and vote in important government debates the Senate Minority Whip
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a sweet dish made from cream, eggs, sugar, and fruit mixed together
  4. Idioms
    crack the whip
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    to use your authority or power to make someone work very hard, usually by treating them in a strict way
    have/hold, etc. the whip hand (over somebody/something)
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    to be in a position where you have power or control over someone or something She had the whip hand and it was useless to resist.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: whip