| #2 (permalink) Sat Jul 15, 2006 17:07 pm To whip
|Whipping means beating. In this context, to whip is to hit with a whip (long, thin piece of leather fixed to a handle and used for hitting animals). Some people whip horses to make them go faster.
To whip also means to beat sharply: the rain whipped our faces as we walked; meringues are made from whipped egg whites.
In informal English, to whip is to move quickly: she whipped behind the door so that no one could see her.
Other expressions with 'whip' are:
- to whip out: the cowboy whipped out a gun (he pulled it out quickly)
- to have the whiphand, which means to have the advantage
- to whip off is to move or remove quickly: he whipped off before I could stop him; the man whipped off his hat
- to whip round, to turn round quickly
- to have a whip-round (informal), to ask everyone to give some money: we had a whip-round in the office for Tom's wedding present
- to whip up, to encourage/to make (something) increase.
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