Etymology
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whipping (n.)

1560s, "a beating with a whip," verbal noun from whip (v.). As "a defeat," 1835, American English colloquial. Also as a present-participle adjective; hence whipping post (c. 1600); whipping boy (1640s); whipping block (1877).

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Definitions of whipping
1
whipping (n.)
beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment;
whipping (n.)
a sound defeat;
Synonyms: thrashing / walloping / debacle / drubbing / slaughter / trouncing
whipping (n.)
a sewing stitch passing over an edge diagonally;
Synonyms: whipstitch / whipstitching
whipping (n.)
the act of overcoming or outdoing;
Synonyms: beating
2
whipping (adj.)
smart and fashionable;
some sharp and whipping lines
Synonyms: snappy
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