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whale on

Slang definitions & phrases for whale on

whale 2


A heavy blow: She gave him a hard whale to the nose


  1. To hit; thrash; trounce: They whaled us six–zip/ She hauled off and whaled him a shrewd blow (1790+)
  2. (also wail) To do extremely well; excel (1980s+ Students)

[fr British dialect spelling of wale, ''strike, beat,'' perhaps related to Old English wœl, ''slaughter, carnage, death'']

whale into

verb phrase

To attack vigorously: He'd barely met me when he whaled into me for not answering his letter/ Instead of whaling on the ball, Agassi should hit low, dipping topspin returns (1790+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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