noun (plural whippers-in)
A huntsman’s assistant who brings straying hounds back into the pack.
- The singer, whose son Otis is an assistant whipper-in for the Middleton Hunt, which sets off from Malton, has spoken of his support for the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance.
- In 1793 three months' hunt wages and the expenses of whippers-in, helpers, hounds and horses kept at Gerrards Cross totalled about 200 [pounds sterling], roughly 53,800 [pounds sterling] a year in today's money.
- A huntsman manages the dogs with the help of his assistants, the whippers-in.
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