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whip

noun (POLITICS)    /wɪp/
[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.Government ministers and civil servants [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.Government administration and organisation
(Definition of whip noun (POLITICS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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