whipping post

noun
a post to which persons are tied to undergo whipping as a legal penalty.

Origin:
1590–1600

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Example sentences
At twenty, the courtyard wall behind the whipping post was spattered with their sweat.
The records are silent on the result, but the whipping post did not last as a punishment.
It's important to realize that the practice of law has not always been the whipping post that it is today.
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