Green’s Dictionary of Slang

whup v.

also whoop
[SE whip]

1. to make someone suffer, i.e. to beat fig.

[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN III:ii 164: whup, v. To vanquish, to punish, to tire. ‘That whups me,’ ‘I’m clean whupped out.’.
[US]H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die! 42: They came down and started talking bad to the brother who’d whupped the white boy.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 65: She’s whooping him with you. They’re both insecure.

2. to attack, to beat up; also attrib.; thus whupping n.

[US]N.Y. Tribune 11 Sept. 7/2: How would it do to whoop a lot of them up to Siberia [...] that’s purty high.
[US]Wesley Wilson & Harry McDaniels ‘She Shakes a Mean Ashcan’ [lyrics] She weighs two hundred in her stocking feet; / She can whup any policeman that walks the beat.
[US]J. Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath (1951) 154: On’y way you gonna get me to go is whup me [...] An’ I’ll shame you, Pa. I won’t take no whuppin’.
[US]Botkin Lay My Burden Down 230: You all free [...] We don’t whup you no more.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 175: I’d rather not be whupped [...] if I got my rathers.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 92: They whups me up something terrible and carries me to jail. / The judge don’t want the public to know how they fucked up my head, so he ups and denies my bail.
[US]N. Algren ‘The Last Carousel’ in Texas Stories (1995) 129: Keep movin’, tin-can cop! [...] or I’ll come down there ’n whup you!
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 79: My brothers cain’t whup all dese niggers.
[US]D. Jenkins Life Its Ownself (1985) 169: The world was badly in need of a treatment center for whup victims.
[US]Kid ’n’ Play ‘Last Night’ [lyrics] I tell you what / If my toes wasn’t hurtin’ I’d whup your butt.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 325: You shouldn’t need [....] a wrecking ball whuppin’ you upside the head.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 183: My mum [...] used to whoop us like we was war criminals.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 171: ‘He just started whupping her [...] beating her up’.
[US]Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] whoop v. 1. To beat up. ‘You mad doggin me? I’ll whoop you so bad your cousin will cry!’ 2. To beat someone in a sport. ‘We whooped their team 126 to 57!’.
[US]in J. Miller Getting Played 99: ‘Ima whoop your ass!’.

3. to defeat, e.g. in a competition.

[US]R. Chandler Lady in the Lake (1952) 49: There’s a couple of good boys running against me this time and I might get whupped.
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 275: If’n ever’ coolie in China worked at nooky ’round the clock they couldn’t make enough Chinks to whup us.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Whup ass 1. (verb) To defeat someone or something. 2. (verb) To be rowdy.
[US]Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] whoop v. [...] To beat someone in a sport. ‘We whooped their team 126 to 57!’.

4. to punch.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 260: whup [...] 2. Hit.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Culture 22 Aug. 12: People [...] stayed up to watch him whup Liston or Frazier and they knew that something special was going on.

In compounds

whup-a-child (n.)

(US black) the police, a police officer.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 66: The characterization of the police [...] connotes such perceived attributes as brutality (billy for billy club, mallet, whup-a-child).

In phrases

whup the game (v.) [game n. (6)]

(US black) to succeed in life.

[US] (ref. to 1950s) R.L. Keiser Vice Lords 52: Individuals who are thought to be good at whupping the game are said to have a ‘heavy game.’.
[US]D. Claerbaut Black Jargon in White America 86: whupping the game v. 1. attempting to influence someone through the use of trickery, often verbal. See also game, running a game. 2. trying to gain materials and services from someone who appears as though he can be swindled.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 260: whup the game 1. Succeed in life. 2. Acquire status and power.