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Definition of whip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whip
    he / she / it whips
    past simple whipped
    -ing form whipping
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  1. 1[transitive] whip somebody/something to hit a person or an animal hard with a whip, as a punishment or to make them go faster or work harder
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make something move, quickly and suddenly or violently in a particular direction + adv./prep. A branch whipped across the car window. Her hair whipped around her face in the wind. whip something The waves were being whipped by 50 mile an hour winds.
  3. 3[transitive] whip something + adv./prep. to remove or pull something quickly and suddenly She whipped the mask off her face. The man whipped out a knife.
  4. 4[transitive] to stir cream, etc. very quickly until it becomes stiff whip something Serve the pie with whipped cream. whip something up Whip the egg whites up into stiff peaks.
  5. 5[transitive] whip somebody/something (informal) to defeat someone very easily in a game The team whipped its opponents by 35 points. Canada whipped the U.S. at the Olympics. synonym thrash
  6. Idioms
    get/knock/lick/whip somebody into shape
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    to train someone so that they do a particular job, task, etc. well It took him just two weeks to whip the new recruits into shape.
    Phrasal Verbswhip through somethingwhip somebody/somethingup
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