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whip

Synonyms of whip in English:

noun

  • he would use a whip on anyone trespassing on his property
    lash, scourge, thong, strap, belt;
    crop, switch, birch, cane
    historical cat-o'-nine-tails, cat, knout
  • Phrases

    the whip hand

    1
    life became a battle over who would gain the whip hand
    the upper hand, a commanding position, an/the edge, an advantage, a lead, a head start, ascendancy, superiority, supremacy, sway, control, predominance, power, mastery, dominance, command
    rare prepotence, prepotency, paramountcy, prepollency

    verb

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  • 1 Lewis whipped the boy twenty times
    flog, scourge, flagellate, lash, birch, switch, tan, strap, belt, cane, thrash, beat, leather, tan/whip someone's hide, give someone a hiding, beat the living daylights out of
  • 2 whip the cream until it forms soft peaks
    whisk, beat, mix, stir
  • 3 the radio host whipped his listeners into a frenzy
    rouse, stir up, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire up, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, get someone going, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke;
    incite, egg on, spur on;
    North American light a fire under
    rare inspirit
  • 4 informal Cleveland whipped Los Angeles 28–16 in the third game of last season See trounce (sense 1)
  • 5 informal he whipped round the corner See dash (sense 1) of the verb)
  • 6 informal he whipped out a revolver
    pull, whisk, snatch, pluck, tug, jerk, remove, take;
    produce
    informal yank
  • 7British informal they whipped the cones from a building site See steal (sense 1) of the verb)
  • Phrases

    whip something up

    1
    we tried hard to whip up interest in the products
    stimulate, rouse, arouse, stir up, work up, wake, waken, awaken, quicken, inspire, call forth, call/bring into being, draw forth, bring out, excite, evoke, whet, stir, provoke, spur, fire, inflame, trigger, prompt, induce, encourage, actuate, activate, touch off, spark off, set off, set going, incite, promote, engender, generate
    literary enkindle

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