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whipping post

a post to which persons are tied to undergo whipping as a legal penalty.
Origin of whipping post
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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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