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English definition of “crack the whip”

crack the whip

to use your authority to make someone else behave better or work harder: We were two months behind schedule, so I decided it was time to crack the whip.Giving orders and commands
(Definition of crack the whip from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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