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whippet

[whip-it, wip-] /ˈwhɪp ɪt, ˈwɪp-/
noun
1.
one of a breed of small, swift dogs resembling a greyhound, used for hunting rabbits and for racing.
2.
Also called whippet tank. a fast, light tank used by the British in World War I.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; perhaps alteration of phrase whip it move briskly
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British Dictionary definitions for whippet-tank

whippet

/ˈwɪpɪt/
noun
1.
a small slender breed of dog similar to a greyhound in appearance
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on the phrase whip it! move quickly!
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Word Origin and History for whippet-tank
whippet
"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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