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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Bruce told a judge the beatings started with a punch and a slap and quickly progressed to electrical cord whippings. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the Church Cult That Eventually Drove Parents to Join a 12-Hour Beating of Their Sons," 14 June 2018 Spankings, beatings, whippings and much worse were par for the course not only for parents but also for any adults who had a child in their care. Meghan Leahy, chicagotribune.com, "I don't want to spank my sassy 4-year-old. What should I do instead?," 5 July 2018 Pounding hail and whipping winds uprooted trees on Wednesday. Vincent Crivelli, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Storm rips through West Boca neighborhood," 7 June 2018 With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and whipping cream to the butter-sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Kim Ode, charlotteobserver, "Vanilla is complex, even smoky, and may be a baker’s best friend | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 Beatings, whippings and other forms of abuse were frequent. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "‘Turn out your dead!’ In America’s War for Independence, POWs paid a terrible price.," 4 July 2018 Those who disobeyed faced whippings, hefty fines, detention, and even execution—often in public rituals designed to terrify others into submission. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Stir in 1 cup heavy whipping cream, then season with a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt and black pepper to taste. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018 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

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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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