Definition of whip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪp//
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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 chief whip
  3. 3[countable] a written instruction telling members of a political party how to vote on a particular issue see also three-line whip
  4. 4 [uncountable, countable] a sweet dish made from cream, eggs, sugar and fruit mixed together
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wippen ‘swing, leap, dance’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘move quickly’. The noun is partly from the verb, reinforced by Middle Low German wippe ‘quick movement’.Idioms to use your authority or power to make somebody work very hard, usually by treating them in a strict way
    a fair crack of the whip
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    (British English, informal) a reasonable opportunity to show that you can do something I felt we weren't given a fair crack of the whip.
    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 somebody/something She had the whip hand and it was useless to resist.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whip