bull·​whip | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌ(h)wip How to pronounce bullwhip (audio) also ˈbəl- \

Definition of bullwhip

: a rawhide whip with a very long plaited lash

Examples of bullwhip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At one of those protests, a White man cracking a bullwhip was caught on video as others with him taunted protesters. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Racism, QAnon and ‘cold civil war’: Inside the 20,000-strong Defend East County Facebook group," 16 Aug. 2020 The reverse bullwhip of oscillating orders and inventories strains the ability of production and logistics operations to keep up. Yossi Sheffi, WSJ, "Commentary: Supply-Chain Risks From the Coronavirus Demand Immediate Action," 18 Feb. 2020 Prisoners, presumably fellow Roma to judge from their kerchiefs, peer from their barracks as the kapos wield their bullwhips, while wraithlike captives walk single-file past a cart full of corpses. Jason Farago, New York Times, "The Survivor of Auschwitz Who Painted a Forgotten Genocide," 27 Jan. 2020 When a moving object, such as a bullet, breaks that threshold, there is an audible shock wave that sounds like the crack of a bullwhip. Jeff Johnston, Field & Stream, "The Pros and Cons of Subsonic Cartridges," 8 Oct. 2019 The fundraiser, which included a barbecue prepared by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association as well as tomahawk tossing and bullwhip cracking, was filmed and is expected to appear in Jim Belushi’s new series about growing cannabis in Oregon. oregonlive, "‘Blues Brothers’ reunion at Jim Belushi’s Oregon cannabis harvest party," 29 Sep. 2019 Indeed, there is a logical connection between prison discipline and the use of bullwhips on prisoners. Mia Armstrong, Longreads, "In Sickness, In Health — and In Prison," 19 Aug. 2019 Marchers screamed as the troopers advanced, firing tear gas and wielding bullwhips and tubing wrapped in sharp barbed wire. al.com, "Who killed James Reeb? NPR ‘White Lies’ podcast shines light on 1965 Selma murder," 19 June 2019 As the players filed on the bus to leave, silent and somber, the wind caused the two American flags, hoisted at the cemetery, to crack like bullwhips. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "D-Day anniversary truly puts hockey, life in perspective," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of bullwhip

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullwhip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullwhip. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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