whipping post


Definition of whipping post

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

Examples of whipping post in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Forty-eight years after formally ridding whipping from its laws as a criminal punishment, the state of Delaware will be removing a public whipping post on Wednesday. Editors, USA TODAY, 1 July 2020 This is the last Delaware whipping post to be removed. Allen Kim And Sheena Jones, CNN, 1 July 2020 In her 90s, Hollingsworth's recollection of Delaware's relationship with the whipping post began in the 1930s. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, 30 June 2020 An 8-foot tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination. BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2020 The whipping post was originally located on the grounds of the Sussex Correctional Institution south of Georgetown, according to a news release. Allen Kim And Sheena Jones, CNN, 1 July 2020 The last to abolish state whippings:Delaware to remove public whipping post Wednesday Follow reporter Meghan Mangrum on Twitter @memangrum. Meghan Mangrum, USA TODAY, 30 June 2020 But Blacks weren’t part of the design process, and the memorial’s central visual takeaway — a Black man with broken shackles kneeling before his white savior, with a whipping post and chains in the background — has had people cringing for years. Washington Post, 25 June 2020 The monument is believed to be located where a slave whipping post once stood, and removing it is a small step in the right direction, Portsmouth activist and organizer Rocky Hines said. Sarah Rankin David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of whipping post

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Whipping post.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipping%20post. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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