Definition of whiplash
1 : the lash of a whip
2 : something resembling a blow from a whip the whiplash of fear — R. S. Banay
3 : injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear by another vehicle)
Examples of whiplash in a Sentence
He got whiplash when his car was rear-ended.
Recent Examples of whiplash from the Web
Faced with a surge in fraudulent claims for whiplash in car crashes, the government imposed a cap on the fees lawyers could charge for such cases.
The other model was for concussive injuries like those suffered from a very hard fall or in whiplash during a car accident.
The whiplash between the show’s kumbaya images of postracial harmony (Kenny raps!
Despite Mr. Cake’s finesse, this workaround doesn’t work; there is probably no cure for the play’s tonal whiplash.
Anyone observing the Trump administration over the last few days could understandably be suffering from whiplash.
The whiplash was jarring enough that both Trump’s team and Tillerson’s scrambled to try to smooth it over.
The Austrian's hyperactive podium manner, with its emphasis on whiplash attacks and clipped rhythms, also brought Solti's Mozart to mind.
The character as written is vain, self-serving and demagogic, cynically manipulating the whiplash passions of his followers.
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First Known Use of whiplash
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Definition of whiplash for English Language Learners
: an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head
Medical Definition of whiplash
: injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck head-on or from the rear by another vehicle)
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