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whip something up

Definition of whip something up in English:

1Cause water, sand, etc., to rise up and be flung about in a violent manner: the sea was whipped up by a force-nine gale
More example sentences
  • The wind began to whip the sand up off of the ground into a whirlwind.
  • But when the wind is whipping up the waves and you're cold and tired from a difficult dive in strong currents, well things can get a little distorted.
  • A line of squalls is blowing through, whipping up the water and sending waves pounding against our starboard beam.
1.1Stimulate a particular feeling in someone: we tried hard to whip up interest in the products
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  • There's just a bunch of liberal activists whipping up needless hysteria.
  • But every time governments and the media have whipped up such hysteria it has boosted racism.
  • Historical personalities, like Shivaji, have also been used to whip up regional sentiments.
2Make or prepare something, typically something to eat, very quickly.
Example sentences
  • If I can't whip something up, John and I will eat out.
  • Why don't I see if we can't whip something up for lunch, huh?
  • You two make yourselves comfortable; I'll go whip something up really quick.
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