whip·​ping | \ ˈ(h)wi-piŋ How to pronounce whipping (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The coronavirus pandemic is the scourge that keeps on whipping—and its latest punishment is likely to be felt in dozens of states and municipalities across the United States as governments reckon with a massive and sudden loss of revenue. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "COVID-19 has another longterm side effect: A shrinking tax base," 31 Aug. 2020 The Saints opened the season with a 31-7 whipping of McAdory at home last week. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "ESPN announces it will carry St. Paul’s, Spanish Fort on main network," 24 Aug. 2020 In 1889, the whipping of women was outlawed altogether, Frank wrote. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 In 1891, six years before his appointment as governor of Eritrea, Martini was part of a royal commission charged with overseeing an inquest into the excessive use of whipping and other abuses in the colony. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, "The Women’s War," 8 Apr. 2020 The Raiders humiliated the Norse with a 95-63 whipping in their first meeting. J.l. Kirven, Cincinnati.com, "What we learned: NKU Norse dominate IUPUI. Daunting road to March Madness ahead.," 15 Feb. 2020 Fold whipping cream mixture into cream cheese mixture. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 Two losses in consecutive weeks have dimmed the Badgers’ outlook and the last defeat, a 38-7 whipping given by Ohio State, reinforced the idea that Wisconsin isn’t ready to compete with the elite. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football power rankings: Michigan rises, Michigan State sinks," 28 Oct. 2019 The strong Democratic support underscored the whipping power of the speaker and that Democrats felt the bill was a good deal for them. Los Angeles Times, "House approves two-year deal to raise debt ceiling and increase government spending," 25 July 2019

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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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9 Sep 2020

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“Whipping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipping. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of whipping

: the act of hitting someone with a whip

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