horsewhip

verb
horse·whip | \ˈhȯrs-ˌwip, ˈhȯrs-ˌhwip\
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

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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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horsewhip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of horsewhip

: to hit (someone) with a whip

horsewhip

verb
horse·whip | \ˈhȯrs-ˌwip, 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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