an abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the
. a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head:
Whiplash resulted when their car was struck from behind.
. a connected series of reverse curves of more or less elliptical form, used as a major design motif in the Art Nouveau style.
verb (used with object)
to beat, hit, throw, etc., with or as if with a whiplash.
to affect adversely, as by a sudden change:
new taxes whiplashing corporate earnings.
for def 6;
a quick lash or stroke of a whip or like that of a whip
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