Complete Definition of "horsewhip"

English

Etymology
A portmanteau word from hors meaning horse + Middle low German and Middle Dutch wippen, meaning to move quickly, through Middle English hwippen or whippen. See fuller etymology for the latter at whip.

Noun
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  1. A whip used on horses.

Verb
en-verb|horsewhip|p|ing

  1. To flog or lash somebody savagely with a horsewhip.

#* Anthony Trollope 1815 - 1888. The Prime Minister: 'He had told his wife that he would ask Fletcher to give up the borough, and that he would make that request with a horsewhip in his hand....But there were difficulties. A man is not horsewhipped simply because you wish to horsewhip him.'

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