Green’s Dictionary of Slang

whip v.1

[SE whip]

1. senses based on SE whip, to take or move briskly.

(a) (orig. US) to steal, to make off with.

[UK]C. Cotton Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk I 46: Comes into th’ Yard, and off the Hedge / [...] / Whips me Brand-new Flaxen Smock / [...] / And runs away wi’t in a Trice.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 5 Apr. 2/5: Gabriel whipped a silk handkerchief, value eighteenpence, from the counter into his trousers pocket.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 111/1: When he saw those mena harpies — characters that he detested, ‘whipping’ away the nectar that he was paying eight shillings a bottle for, his dander riz.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]G. Ingram Cockney Cavalcade 111: He might ‘whip’ some of it.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: It was a mistake, Bammo... We thought he’d whipped them.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 119: Whipped it while the old ice-cream was going off about some picture.
[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 234: Yo’ don’t want that Shower of fucking nut-cases in t’barrack-room whipping owt of what yo’ve been issued with.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
[UK]R. Barnard Death in a Cold Climate (1991) 55: You’re not going to charge me for whipping one fag now, are you?

(b) to drink greedily, quickly.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Whip to Drink cleaverly.
[UK] Sporting Mag. XLIV 188: Two honest quarts [...] down gullet whips he .

(c) (US Und.) to walk, to travel, to go.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Whipt in at the Glaze, c. got in at the Window.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Ordinary of Newgate Account 8 Nov. [Internet] He propos’d changing Cloaths with him, and then he might whip up Stairs.
[US]T. Haliburton Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) 143: Keep dark. If you have a rael right down clipper of a horse in your stable, a doing of nothing, couldn’t you jist whip over to Portland on the 20th, to meet me, in your waggon?
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 311: To whip. To walk.
[US] ‘Whitman College Sl.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 155/1: whip down town. To rush down town.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 96: Mother ‘whipped up’ to the shops for weekend provisions this morning.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Yesterday Never Comes’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Whip down to the DIY shop and get a bag of nails, will you?

(d) (orig. US) to swindle; thus whipped adj., cheated of one’s share.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 95: whipped Cheated out of a share, or equal part of the plunder.

(e) to drag someone, to force someone to do something; usu. comb. with prep. e.g. in, along, up.

[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: They can whip them up the mountainside for half an hour afterwards.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 4: I felt so fucking cheated out of whipping Poppa back with worry.

(f) to place, to move.

[UK]H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor IV 291/2: They take a coat [...] and whip it under the breast of their coat.
[UK]C. Rook Hooligan Nights 51: Jimmy [...] whipped a piece of wood ’tween ’er jores.
[US]A.H. Lewis Confessions of a Detective 26: My determination was taken, iron-hand, to whip a bullet into his recreant brain.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 236/1: Whip over. 1. To smuggle, especially liquor, across a border.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 177: All that mystical Buddhist shit you’ve been whipping on me for all these years about everything being connected is true.
[UK]J. Hoskison Inside 79: I saw Jimmy’s hand whip into his pocket.

(g) (US) to give.

[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 13: Whip me a deuce, homeboy.

2. senses based on SE whip, to beat with a whip.

(a) used in phrs. below pertaining to intercourse or masturbation; e.g. whip it

(b) (US) to defeat.

T. Flint Recollections of the Last Ten Years 98: The ‘best’ man was understood to be the best fighter, he who had beaten, or, in the Kentucky phrase, had ‘whipped’ all the rest.
[US]D. Crockett Col. Crockett’s Tour to North and Down East 90: They whipped Captain Cornwallis, and scared Sir Harry Clinton out and out.
[US]T. Haliburton Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) 142: The British can whip all the world, and we can whip the British.
[UK]T.H. Gladstone Englishman in Kansas 129: I’m dreadful easy to whip; yes, sir-ee, dreadful easy. So jest jump me up, stranger, and we’ll smash in all-createdly.
[US]C.H. Smith Bill Arp 29: They go mighty near naked, and say they are saving their Sunday clothes to wear after we have whipped you.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Nov. 8/3: An English journal says the Americans will eventually ‘whip creation’.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 83: You whipped a good man when you whipped Fitzgerald, but you can’t whip Barlow.
[US]S. Crane George’s Mother (2001) 115: Once in another street Fidsey Corcoran was whipped by a short, heavy man.
[UK]Wodehouse Psmith Journalist (1993) 251: He could whip a dozen Cyclone Al.’s in the same evening with his eyes shut.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day [synd. col.] 17 July Broadway [...] ‘the street that whips the universe.’.
[US]W.R. Burnett Iron Man 126: He’ll never whip my boy.
[US]C. Himes ‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 43: I couldn’t whip t ’man, he was as big as Turkey Thompson.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 75: They all gang up on you. You ain’t going to whip all of them.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 90: Joe Louis whipped Braddock for the world’s heavyweight boxing title.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 8: Whipped me. I had respect for the handicapped after that.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 128: ken: Opposing some hard tearaway. les: And whip him.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 218: To whip these black bastards we gotta be prepared.
[US]F.X. Toole Rope Burns 53: He right back again, be whipping on Dashiki like he his daddy.

(c) to beat up.

[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 18: He’ll expect you to be scared at him and not take any liberties, so whip into it and belt him every now and then.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 30: If it turns out to be a gas pocket, something as silly as that, don’t try to whip my head.

3. (US black / drugs) to process cocaine [mixing some form adulterant into cocaine with a whipping action of one’s wrist].

Firm ‘Hardcore’ [lyrics] Pass all the ki’s to mami, whip it up.
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ‘Grand Finale’ [lyrics] We yayo experts, we been whippin’ the yola since the crackas decided to take the coke from Coca-Cola.
[US]T.I. ‘Trap Back Jumpin’ [lyrics] Whip it good with your wrist like that, that’s how you triple every brick you get.
67 ‘Milly Rock’ [lyrics] Lil T whip grub, I mix that bosh with flake.

In compounds

whip-shack (n.)

(US black) anywhere one can have sexual intercourse.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 152: Any place designated for sex [...] killing floor, slaughter house, whip shack.

In phrases

whip it (v.)

1. (also whip it in) to have sexual intercourse; esp. in modern phr. whip it in, whip it out and wipe it.

[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 33: [I] judg’d he had been whipping it with the gentlewomen before mentioned [i.e. two whores] though ’twas not convenient to tell him so, lest his wife should watch his waters more narrowly than she had done.
[US]Clara Smith ‘Whip It to a Jelly’ [lyrics] ‘Whip it to a jelly’, stir it in a bowl, / You just whip it to a jelly if you like good jelly roll.
[UK]G. Melly Rum, Bum and Concertina (1978) 16: You’re off to the pictures now to learn how to whip it in, whip it out and wipe it!
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 148: Whip it in, whip it out and wipe it.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 230: whip it up, whip it in, whip it out and wipe it A sexual quickie for the man.

2. to masturbate.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
whip it on (v.)

(US street gang) to attack, to start a fight.

[US](con. 1953–7) L. Yablonsky Violent Gang (1967) 67: If they want war we’ll turn it on [...] We’ll just whip it on and wipe them all out good.
whip it on someone (v.)

1. (US drugs) to inject someone other than oneself with narcotics.

[US]Velvet Underground ‘Sister Ray’ [lyrics] Whip it on me, whip it on me, Jim.

2. (US) to explain and inform someone of facts and events.

[US]Current Sl. I:4 2/2: Whip it on me, interj. Tell me.
[US]D. Claerbaut Black Jargon in White America 86: whip it on v. to say something frankly and entirely; to explain something fully and without hesitation.

3. (US, also whip it to someone) to give, to hand over.

[US]N. Heard Howard Street 137: The other night I beat a trick outta a hundred dollars and whipped it on my man.
[US]M. Casey ‘Knowledge’ in Obscenities 6: When the Command Sergeant Major / Asks ya somethin [...] Ah know ma shit / Whip it to me.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 6: Put your money where your mouth is, Slopehead [...] Whip it on me.

4. (US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]E. Torres After Hours 173: I hear from Steffie he whips it on her steady.
whip on (v.)

1. (UK Und.) to lay (the blame) on.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 17/1: Were we ‘pinched’ for anything we might do, the blame of the others would surely be ‘whipped’ on us.

2. (US) to beat up.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 250: I got a guy I wanted whipped on.
[US]F. Salas Tattoo the Wicked Cross (1981) 207: He whip on some paddy boys [...] Ring some bells in their heads.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 22 Oct. Proud Highway (1997) 646: I recently flew to New York with a heavy club, for no other reason than to crash into his office and whip on him.

3. (US) to give something to someone, to hand over.

[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 118: He opens his locker and whips some bad shit on me, we split a big jay sittin’ on this bench.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 21: I’ll whip some bread on you today, after I tell you what I want.

4. (US) to subject something on someone.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 97: She remembered how she got in the wind to whip her master plan on Red.
whip someone’s ass (v.) (also whip someone’s arse, …butt, …fanny, whoop someone’s ass, whup (on) someone’s ass) [arse n. (1)/ass n. (2)] (orig. US)

to beat completely and comprehensively, whether or not with violence.

[[UK] ‘The Rump Dockt’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) II 45: Those nine sons of Mars, / That whipt the Rumps Arse, / I mean the Commanders War-lick].
[US]T. Heggen Mister Roberts 80: Feel like getting your ass whipped?
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ ‘Tell Them Nothing’ in Tell Them Nothing (1956) 6: Supposed I challenged Bullet to a fair one and whipped his butt?
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 19: If he don’t stop picking at me [...] I’m gonna have Johnny whip his ass.
[US]H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die! 42: We used to whip their asses every week. We beat ’em once 106 to 6.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 67: We gonna whip yo’ asses so bad you gonna have to shit out the other end.
[US]R. Carter Sixteenth Round (1991) 164: A young black jitterbug called Mother Herb started whupping on his faggot’s ass — which was white.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 240: The story I loved the best was that Major Finch whipped Dad’s fanny when they hassled together on maneuvers.
[US]S. King Christine 364: I hope you get your ass whupped.
[US]R.R. Moore ‘Signifying Monkey’ [lyrics] If you’ll fight like men should / I’d whoop yo ass all over these woods!
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 95: I’m gonna whip his ass so bad he will either go all the way crazy or come back well.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 140: Once I’m done whuppin’ your ass, I’ll puke in the middle of the bar.
[UK]S. Armitage ‘Great Sporting Moments: The Treble’ Kid 57: Whose arse I whipped with five choice strokes / perfected on West Yorkshire’s threadbare courts.
[US]UGK ‘Trill Ass Nigga’ [lyrics] If you wanna do it then step your ass to the ring [...] I’m steady whoopin that ass ho.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Lyrical Gangbang’ [lyrics] Ya quick ta talk shit I whip your ass nigga.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 151: She would whup Missy’s ass.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 168: ‘A female has to show she’s tough [...] She’s gotta go whip some girl’s ass, shoot somebody, rob somebody’.
[UK]L. Theroux Call of the Weird (2006) 185: One of the rappers [...] gave his name as Wamp. He said it stood for ‘Whoop Ass Many Places.’.
Balimore Sun (MD) 3 June T23/4: ‘They whooped my ass,’ the kid says.
whip someone’s head to the red (v.)

(US black) to threaten injury or retaliation (whether genuinely or as a bluff).

[US]Z.N. Hurston ‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in Novels and Stories (1995) 239: All he needs to see is the pimps’ salute, and he will out with his night-stick and whip your head to the red. Beat your head just as flat as a dime!
whip the dummy (v.) (also whip the weasel, ...wire) [baloney n. (2)/dummy n.3 /weasel n. (5)/wire n.1 (11)]

to masturbate.

[US]J.T. Farrell ‘Clyde’ Short Stories (1937) 151: Keeping your cherry on ice is what gets plenty of those guys put in the booby hatch [...] Daown [sic] home, now, they was a jellybean who was a bashful guy, and he couldn’t git up the courage to find himself a piece of honey. So he goes along whipping the dummy, until he went plumb crazy.
[US]Spears Sl. and Euphemism 421: whip one’s wire to masturbate.
[NZ]Number One Adult Sexual Health Terms Advisor [Internet] Masturbation Slang Male Terms: [...] whip cream or whip the dummy or whip your dripper.
[UK]P. Baker Fantabulosa 152: To masturbate [...] whack, whip the weasel, yank. [Internet] Did your mommy tell you, it was alright to whip your dummy? [...] Christian parents, do your kids know what you think about masturbation?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

whip-belly (vengeance) (n.) [its unpleasant effects]

very thin beer.

[UK]Swift Polite Conversation 73: I believe, the Brewer forgot the Malt, or the River was too near him. Faith, it is meer Whip-belly-vengeance.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Whip-Belly Vengeance, or pinch-gut vengeance, of which he that gets the most has the worst share. Weak or sour beer.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
J.E. Brogden Provincial Words [...] in Lincolnshire 223: Whip-belly—Thin, poor, or weak liquor. Ex. She’s a regular skinflint, and supplies her customers with whip-belly.
whip-jack (n.) [SE whip, to beat + Jack, a general nickname. An alt. ety., sense 1a + jack n.1 (1), requires a substantially later coinage]

1. (UK Und.) a mendicant villain who poses as a discharged mariner, backed by a counterfeit licence, suitably adorned with fake seals; he also specialized in robbing stalls, fairground booths and similar open displays of goods.

[UK]Ponet in Maitland On Reformation 74: Albeit one Boner (a bare whippe Jacke) for lucre of money toke upon him to be thy mother, yet thou wast persone Savage’s bastarde [F&H].
[UK]Awdeley Fraternitye of Vacabondes in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 4: A Whypiacke is one, that by coulor of a counterfaite Lisence (which they call a Gybe, and the seales they cal Iarckes) doth vse to beg lyke a Maryner, But hys chiefest trade is to rob Bowthes in a Faire, or to pilfer ware from staules, which they cal heauing of the Bowth.
[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 48: [heading] A Freshe Water Mariner or Whipiacke.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Dekker Belman of London (3rd edn) D2: Then there is another sort of nymble-fingred knaues, and they are called Whipiacks: who talke of nothing but fights at Sea, piracies, drownings, and shipwracks, trauelling both in the shape and names of Mariners.
[UK]Middleton & Dekker Roaring Girle V i: A mere whip-jack, and that is, in the commonwealth of rogues, a slave that can talk of sea-fight.
[UK]W. Winstanley New Help To Discourse 133: Whip-jacks, are counterfeit Marriners, who talk of nothing but fights at Sea, Piracies, drowning and Shipwracks, they are very expert in robbing Booths at Fairs, which they call Heaving the Booth, they have always about them a counterfeit License, which they call a Gybe, and the seals to it Jarkes.
[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 54: Whip-Jacks are Counterfeit Mariners, who talk of nothing but Fights at Sea, Pyracies, Drownings, and Shipwrecks.
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68b: Give me leave to give you the names (as in their Canting Language they call themselves) of all (or most of such) as follow the Vagabond Trade, according to their Regiments or Divisions, as [...] Whip-Jacks.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Whip-jacks c. the tenth Order of the Canting Crew; Counterfeit Mariners Begging with false Passes, pretending Shipwrecks, great Losses at Sea, &c. narrow escapes; telling dismal Stories, having learnt Tar-terms on purpose, but are meer Cheats.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 183: The Whipjacks are such as pretend themselves to be Mariners, that have been cast away, and shipwreck’d either on the Coast, or in some foregin Land, and have nothing to support them in their Travelling to their Habitation: And the better to colour it, pretend a Pass, tho’ it is altogether forged, and they know no more of the Sea than a tame Goose.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: whip-Jacks the Nineteenth Order of the Canting Crew; counterfeit Mariners begging with false Passes, pretending Ship-wrecks, great Losses at Sea, narrow Escapes, &c. telling dismal Stories, having learnt Tar-Terms on purpose, but are meer Cheats, and will not stick to rob a Booth at a Fair, or an House in some By-road [etc.].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]B.M. Carew ‘The Oath of the Canting Crew’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 51: No whip-jack, palliard, patrico; / No jarkman, be he high or low.
[UK]Richardson Sir Charles Grandison (1812) VI 530: Sir Charles Grandison is none of your gew-gaw whip-jacks that you know not where to have.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Whip jacks, the tenth order of the canting crew, rogues who having learned a few sea terms, beg with counterfeit passes, pretending to be sailors shipwrecked on the neighbouring coast, and on their way to the port from whence they sailed.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 170: The whipjack, habited in his sailor gear-striped shirt and dirty canvas trousers.
[Aus]Examiner 14 Apr. 10/2: These pretended sailors were called Whip-jacks.
[UK]‘A Harassing Painsworth’ in Yates & Brough (eds) Our Miscellany 28: Listen! all you high pads and low pads, rum gills and queer gills, patricos, palliards, priggers, whipjacks, and jackmen, from the arch rogue to the needy mizzler.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 95: whip-jacks Men who pretend to be shipwrecked sailors.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 245: whip jack a sham shipwrecked sailor, called also a turnpike sailor.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.

2. as a general derog.

[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 275: All to save myself from being bored to death by a parcel of ignorant impertinent whip-jacks.

In phrases

whip a game on (v.)

see under game n.

whip off (v.)

see separate entry.

whip out

see separate entries.

whip the cat

see separate entries.

whip the dog (v.) [euph. var. on fuck the dog (and sell the pups) under dog n.2 ] (US)

to waste time and loaf on the job.

[Aus]Burra Record (SA) 12 Dec. 3/1: They Say [...] That the old bay ’oss don’t work the whip now, but its owner is whipping the cat.
[US]O. Ferguson ‘Vocabulary for Lakes, [etc.]’ AS XIX:2 107: The phrase whipping the dog [...] is still widely popular as an indication of duty-shirking.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 120: More strongly, also referring to loafing or shirking one’s duty, to whip [or fuck] the dog.
whip up (v.)

1. to collect, to organize.

[UK]Cibber Rival Fools V i: I have already sent my Niece, to prepare herself to marry him [...] we’ll call up Doctor Double-Chin as we go; whip up the Ceremony, and tack ’em together like a new pair of Stockings.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 69: Wouldn’t it be better, Hugh, to whip up two or three of the boys and have a real scrap.
[UK]P. Willmott Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 97: None of us had any so we whipped up the price of a packet of fags.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 116: The dog was caught and was about to be put down when a local newspaper whipped up a campaign to have ‘Satan’ reprieved.

2. to create, e.g. a suit of clothes.

[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 11 Dec. [synd. col.] Kaufman and Hart [...] spend a year on a stage job, whereas the wireless morsels are whipped up in one week.
[US]A. James America’s Homosexual Underground 137: I used to be a good cook, but I don’t see myself whipping up French cuisine for myself.
[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 18: They used to show her things in the ladies’ magazines and Grandma Yula would whip it right up for them.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 159: How about i whip up a feed of steak sangers.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 10: whip something up – think of answers or explanations on the spot.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 7: I can get Jimmy the Stitch to whip us a Paul Smith copy or a Nicole Farhi for a fraction of the cost.