[hwip-ing, wip-]
a beating or flogging, especially one administered with a whip or the like in punishment.
a defeat, as in sports.
an arrangement of cord, twine, or the like, whipped or wound about a thing, as to bind parts together or prevent unraveling, as at the end of a rope.

1530–40; whip + -ing1

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whipping (ˈwɪpɪŋ)
1.  a thrashing or beating with a whip or similar implement
2.  cord or twine used for binding or lashing

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., wippen "flap violently," from P.Gmc. *wipp- (cf. Dan. vippe "to raise with a swipe," M.Du., Du. wippen "to swing," O.H.G. wipf "swing, impetus"), from PIE *wib- "move quickly." The noun is attested from early 14c. In parliamentary use from 1850 (the v3rb in this sense is recorded from 1742),
from the sense in fox-hunting. The parliamentary whip's duty originally was to ensure the attendance of party members on important occasions. The cookery sense is from 1670s. Whipping boy first recorded 1640s; whipping block is from c.1877. Whip-saw is attested from 1530s; whip snake first recorded 1774.
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whip definition

In the United States Congress or state legislatures, an assistant to the majority leader or minority leader responsible for stirring up party support on issues, keeping track of party members' votes, and acting as a general liaison between the majority leader or minority leader and other party members.

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