whip·​ping | \ ˈhwi-piŋ How to pronounce whipping (audio) , 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 program, called the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, was a regular whipping post for Democrats. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Decade That Changed the Student-Debt Debate," 5 June 2019 Putin’s subsequent hostility toward the West has employed NATO as a convenient whipping boy to distract attention from his authoritarian rule at home. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 10 May 2019 The province’s Shariah courts are imposing more hundreds of whippings a year. Anita Rachman, WSJ, "Indonesia’s Islamic Floggings Will Move Indoors Where Kids Can’t See," 12 Apr. 2018 These prisoners were subjected to whippings and beatings. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Mass Grave of Former Slaves Was Unearthed in Texas," 20 July 2018 Contemporaries who dared to suggest Native Americans were humans, too, were often exiled, accused of witchcraft, punished with whippings, even hanged for sedition. Rachael Combe, The Cut, "The Moment I Decided to Throw Out My Son’s Toy Weapons," 8 Mar. 2018 That's because its fat content is on par with actual heavy whipping cream. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Easiest Hack to Make Your Own Whipped Cream," 4 Apr. 2019 Auburn had 14 steals in the 90-71 whipping of the Tide in the last outing while the Tide swiped just four possessions. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Part of a 6-way tie for third in SEC, Alabama faces defining moment," 24 Feb. 2018 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

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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 take the place or position of

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