whipping post


Definition of whipping post

: a post to which offenders are tied to be legally whipped

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In 1898, the Virginia legislature at last voted to abolish the whipping post. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 Venues to dispense justice, such as the first courthouses, contained whipping posts and gallows for hangings. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Frontier justice often brutal in early S.A.," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of whipping post

1600, in the meaning defined above

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