whippet tank


[whip-it, wip-]
one of a breed of small, swift dogs resembling a greyhound, used for hunting rabbits and for racing.
Also called whippet tank. a fast, light tank used by the British in World War I.

1490–1500; perhaps alteration of phrase whip it move briskly

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whippet (ˈwɪpɪt)
a small slender breed of dog similar to a greyhound in appearance
[C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on the phrase whip it! move quickly!]

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"small, fast type of dog," 1610, probably from whip in the sense of "move quickly" + dim. suffix -et Used earlier (1550) in ref. to "a brisk, nimble woman."
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