horse·​whip | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌ(h)wip How to pronounce horsewhip (audio) \
horsewhipped; horsewhipping; horsewhips

Definition of horsewhip

transitive verb

: to flog with or as if with a whip made to be used on a horse

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Other Words from horsewhip

horsewhipper noun

Examples of horsewhip in a Sentence

He thinks that any government official who steals public money should be horsewhipped. the cruel guards promptly horsewhipped the prisoners if they collapsed under the heavy loads they were forced to carry
Recent Examples on the Web The Speccie’s star columnist is the rudest man in Christendom, the Godzilla of contumely, an all-time non-sufferer of fools who horsewhips his targets the way Hunter S. Thompson and Christopher Hitchens once did. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The (Other) Greatest Magazine in the English-Speaking World," 23 Apr. 2020 In reality, Watson wasn’t a bar fighter or famous for horsewhipping cowboys. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "The Tragedy of Cattle Kate," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of horsewhip

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horsewhip was in 1751

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“Horsewhip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horsewhip

: to hit (someone) with a whip


horse·​whip | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌwip How to pronounce horsewhip (audio) , ˈhȯrs-ˌhwip \
horsewhipped; horsewhipping

Kids Definition of horsewhip

: to beat severely with a whip made to be used on a horse

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