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Definition: To whip the cat
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whipped
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. whippen to overlay, as a cord, with other
cords, probably akin to G. & D. wippen to shake, to move up
and down, Sw. vippa, Dan. vippe to swing to and fro, to
shake, to toss up, and L. vibrare to shake. Cf. Vibrate
1. To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender
and lithe; to lash; to beat; as, to whip a horse, or a
2. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to
rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
3. To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat;
as, to whip a vagrant; to whip one with thirty nine
lashes; to whip a perverse boy.
Who, for false quantities, was whipped at school.
4. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with
sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
They would whip me with their fine wits. --Shak.
5. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip
6. To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a
whisk, fork, or the like.
7. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat;
to surpass. [Slang, U. S.]
8. To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords
going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a
seam; to wrap; -- often with about, around, or over.
Its string is firmly whipped about with small gut.
9. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into
gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing
up the thread; as, to whip a ruffle.
In half-whipped muslin needles useless lie. --Gay.
10. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch;
-- with into, out, up, off, and the like.
She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her
He whips out his pocketbook every moment, and
writes descriptions of everything he sees.
(a) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
(b) To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from
untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
12. To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly,
the motion being that employed in using a whip.
Whipping their rough surface for a trout.
To whip in
, to drive in, or keep from scattering, as hounds
in a hurt; hence, to collect, or to keep together, as
member of a party, or the like.
To whip the cat
(a) To practice extreme parsimony. [Prov. Eng.] --Forby.
(b) To go from house to house working by the day, as
itinerant tailors and carpenters do. [Prov. & U. S.]