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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wippen 'to swing'

whip

1 verb
     
Related topics: Cooking
whip1 past tense and past participle whipped, present participle whipping
1 [transitive] to hit someone or something with a whip:
He whipped the horse into a canter.
2 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to move quickly and violently, or to make something do this:
The wind whipped her hair into her eyes.
whip across/around/past etc
Rain whipped across the window pane.
whip something about/around
The branches were being whipped about in the storm.
whip round/around
He whipped round to face them.
3 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to move or remove something with a quick sudden movement
whip something off/out/back etc
Annie whipped off her apron and put it into the drawer.
He whipped back the sheets.
4 [transitive]DFC to mix cream or the clear part of an egg very hard until it becomes stiff [↪ beat, whisk]:
Whip the cream until thick.
5 [transitive] British English informal to steal something

whip through something

phrasal verb
to finish a job very quickly:
He whipped through his routine paperwork before going home.

whip somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to try to make people feel strongly about something
whip up interest/opposition/support etc
They'll do anything to whip up a bit of interest in a book.
an attempt to whip up the masses
2DFC to quickly make something to eat:
Mother was in the kitchen whipping up a batch of cakes.

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