Meaning of “whip” in the English Dictionary

"whip" in British English

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uk /wɪp/ us /wɪp/

whip noun (POLITICS)

[ C ] (in many elected political systems) a member of a political party in a parliament or in the legislature whose job is to make certain that other party members are present at voting time and also to make certain that they vote in a particular way:

Hargreaves is the MP who got into trouble with his party's chief whip for opposing the tax reform.

[ C ] in British politics, a written order ordering that party members be present in parliament when there is to be an important vote, or that they vote in a particular way:

In 1970 he defied the three-line (= most urgent) whip against EC membership.

whip noun (CAR)

[ C ] slang a car:

Do you have the whip today, or are we walking?


uk /wɪp/ us /wɪp/ -pp-

whip verb (DO QUICKLY)

[ T usually + adv/prep ] to bring or take something quickly:

She whipped a handkerchief out of her pocket and wiped his face.
He whipped the covers off the bed.
I was going to pay but before I knew it he'd whipped out his credit card.
They whipped my plate away before I'd even finished.

[ I or T, + adv/prep ] literary to (cause something to) move quickly and forcefully:

The wind whipped across the half-frozen lake.

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(Definition of “whip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whip" in American English

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whipnoun [ C ]

us /hwɪp, wɪp/

whip noun [ C ] (STRAP)

a piece of leather or rope fastened to a stick, used to train and control animals or, esp. in the past, to hit people:

The trainer cracked his whip, and the lions sat in a circle.

whip noun [ C ] (POLITICS)

an elected representative of a political party in a legislature whose job is to gather support from other legislators (= law makers) for particular legislation and to encourage them to vote the way their party wants them to


us /hwɪp, wɪp/ -pp-

whip verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[ always + adv/prep ] to bring or take (something) quickly, or to move quickly:

[ M ] They whipped my plate away before I’d even finished.
[ M ] Bill whipped out his harmonica.
[ I ] The wind whipped around the corner of the building.

whip verb (BEAT FOOD)

[ T ] to beat cream, eggs, potatoes, etc., with a special utensil in order to make it thick and soft:

I still need to whip the cream for the pie.

whip verb (STRAP)

[ T ] to hit a person with a whip, esp. for punishment, or to hit an animal with a whip in order to control it or make it move more quickly:

To train them, owners often whip their pit bulls.
fig. Dallas whipped Buffalo 52 to 17 (= beat them by this score).

(Definition of “whip” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)