whip·​ping | \ˈhwi-piŋ, ˈwi-\

Definition of whipping 

1 : the act of one that whips: such as

a : a severe beating or chastisement

b : a stitching with small overcasting stitches

2 : material used to whip or bind

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Examples of whipping in a Sentence

suffered a whipping that took them out of competition

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The result was the biggest stinker of the season for the Brewers, who did very little on either side of the ball in a 9-0 whipping at Miller Park that kept the 38,285 quiet from start to finish. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 9, Brewers 0: Pittsburgh's Kuhl dominates Milwaukee ... again," 6 May 2018 McCoy has denied involvement in the pistol-whipping of his ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon by an unknown assailant in his home in Georgia on Tuesday, and his lawyer, Don Samuel, did not reply to a request to comment Friday. Will Hobson, chicagotribune.com, "LeSean McCoy's 2015 'females only' party generated police complaint from co-host," 13 July 2018 The bold swipe at the ACA, a Republican whipping post since its 2010 passage, does not immediately affect any of its provisions. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration won't defend Affordable Care Act in case brought by GOP states," 8 June 2018 Then, Washington put 70 points on Oregon in 2016, and followed that with a 38-3 whipping last season. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Washington Huskies dump Nike for Adidas, add juice to Oregon rivalry," 11 Apr. 2018 Accelerated spreading of the flames has been attributed to extremely high temperatures, low humidity and whipping winds. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Officials report "zero containment" of 1,500-acre blaze Pawnee Fire in California," 24 June 2018 NationTrump’s claim that migrants ‘infest’ country seen as whipping... Hamed Aleaziz, SFChronicle.com, "Analysis: Why Trump’s attempt to lengthen detentions for immigrant minors will likely fail," 20 June 2018 Step 12: Once the bow has been stained, dried, and sealed, wrap the 5 inches of handle with hemp cord using a whipping technique (above). Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 And depending on which candidate was speaking, current Gov. Rick Snyder, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Michigan corporations all received verbal whippings. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What lies in Michigan's future? Governor candidates debate big issues," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of whipping

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of whipping was in 1540

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English Language Learners Definition of whipping

: the act of hitting someone with a whip

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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