whip NOUN 1) a strip of leather or length of cord fastened to a handle, used for beating a person or urging on an animal. 2) an official of a political party appointed to maintain parliamentary discipline among its members. 3) Brit. a written notice from such an official requesting attendance for voting. 4) a dessert made from cream or eggs beaten into a light fluffy mass. 5) a violent striking or beating movement.
VERB (whipped, whipping) 1) strike with a whip. 2) (of a flexible object or rain or wind) strike or beat violently. 3) move or take out fast or suddenly. 4) beat (cream, eggs, etc.) into a froth. 5) Brit. informal steal. 6) bind with spirally wound twine.
the whip hand — Cf. ↑the whip hand
whip up — Cf. ↑whip up
DERIVATIVES whipper noun whipping noun.
ORIGIN probably from Low German and Dutch wippen 'swing, leap, dance' .

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