bull·​whip ˈbu̇l-ˌ(h)wip How to pronounce bullwhip (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
: a rawhide whip with a very long plaited lash

Examples of bullwhip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hollywood is a place of business, not charity, and the marketplace speaks clearly: people want their scientists with bullwhips, not pipettes. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2010 Among other evidence: Some fossil specimens of sauropods have fused vertebrae in a key transition zone between the stiff base and the flexible section of the tail—much like a bullwhip eventually fails near the junction between the thick handle and the flexible leather portion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2022 The bullwhip effect takes hold in supply chains because long lead times are required to build capacity and significantly increase output. Tom Goldsby, WSJ, 14 June 2021 Polysilicon production has been hit especially hard by the bullwhip effect: There was an oversupply of polysilicon before the pandemic, which prompted manufacturers to slam the breaks on production once Covid-19 hit and countries began entering lockdown. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 The bullwhip effect is a business phenomenon first described in the early 1960s by Jay Forrester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more recently explored by researchers at Stanford University. Tom Goldsby, WSJ, 14 June 2021 The crack of a bullwhip may soon echo around the Palais. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 27 Mar. 2023 There are hot sauces whipped with bullwhip kelp. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2022 The saga’s fourth film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released amid heavy speculation that Ford was too old to still be swinging from a bullwhip — and that was 15 years ago. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bullwhip was in 1852

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“Bullwhip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullwhip. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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