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whip

noun uk   us   /wɪp/

whip noun (DEVICE FOR HITTING)

[C] a piece of leather or rope that is fastened to a stick, used for hitting animals or people: She lashed the horses mercilessly with her long whip. The lion-tamer cracked his whip.

whip noun (POLITICS)

[C] (in many elected political systems) a member of a political party in 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 (SWEET FOOD)

[C or U] a sweet food made from cream or beaten egg mixed together with fruit

whip

verb uk   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. A fierce, freezing wind whipped torrential rain into their faces.

whip verb (BEAT FOOD)

[T] to beat food, especially cream with a special piece of equipment in order to make it thick and firm: Could you whip the cream for me? Try whipping a little brandy or other liqueur into the cream. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of sugar.

whip verb (HIT)

[T] to hit a person or animal with a whip: I don't like the way the drivers whip their horses.

whip verb (STEAL)

[T] UK old-fashioned informal to steal something
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