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

Definition of bullwhip

: a rawhide whip with a very long plaited lash

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So, who will be the next star to wield the worn fedora and bullwhip? Yohana Desta, HWD, "Would Steven Spielberg Really Make a Female-Led Indiana Jones Movie?," 5 Apr. 2018 While at dinner, the man told police, a male acquaintance showed him a bullwhip. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Drunken mates lock partners out of homes: Lyndhurst police blotter," 27 Feb. 2018 Some examples: Sell both kidneys, start a polka band and wrangle armadillos with a bullwhip. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Meet Alex Williams, throwback country singer who’s a label mate of Taylor Swift," 27 Jan. 2018 Scalise also has an actual bullwhip and memorabilia from the annual congressional baseball game. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Jelly beans, Saints jersey and a whip: Steve Scalise shows Roll Call his office," 16 Feb. 2018 It’s more of a crack, like a bullwhip, a low, crisp crackling. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "‘A low, crisp crackling.’ Suspect grins as officers recall gun battle," 23 Jan. 2018 To ensure that, the network twisted its rules and contorted itself into a bullwhip to make sure Hill knows what not to say. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Jemele Hill, Jerry Jones, the NCAA and the Sports Slave System," 16 Oct. 2017 Next to it, a uniformed man in a Libyan coast guard boat was yelling and wielding a bullwhip. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "Libya’s coast guard abuses migrants despite E.U. funding and training," 11 July 2017 McCay climbed onto the stage at the Palace Theater in Chicago, bullwhip in hand. Chris Baker, WIRED, "Prototype: Meet the Mother of All F/X Dinosaurs," 24 May 2010

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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