1. [mid-18C+] the eyes.
2. [mid-19C+] the insides; the essence; usu. in combs. involving fear and/or violence, see phrs. below.
[mid-18C+] to beat severely.
1. [mid-18C–1900s] to black someone’s eye.
2. [late 18C] used as an oath.
[late 19C+] to terrify.
[20C+] (W.I.) to beat severely, to hit an animal hard enough to kill it.
see whale the — out of someone under whale v.1