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Whipping-post

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whipping-post a post to which offenders are tied to be whipped: the punishment itself
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. whippen; prob. a form of wippen—Old Dut. wippen, to shake, conn. with Old High Ger. wipph, swinging motion (Ger. weifen, to move), and akin to L. vibrāre, to tremble.

Usage

In literature:

They had a whipping post that they tied us to to whip us.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
It would have served rarely for a whipping-post.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Near the church at one time was an open space called the Square, where were situated the Pillory and Whipping Post.
"Winchester" by Sidney Heath
They were tied by their hands to the whipping-post.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
You must have some whipping post, and he's as good as another.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Tie 'em to de fence post and whip 'em.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Joe Johnson's been whipped at the post, and banished from Delaware for life, and dussn't go thar no more.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
And Blondel, who should have sent you to the whipping-post, or out of Geneva, has to cloak you!
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
This was known as the whipping-post.
"Historic Homes" by Mary H. Northend
He never was flogged, but it was a wonder how he escaped the whipping-post.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Green water whipped to foam, crashed with heavy impact against the dock posts and flooded out on the slippery planking.
"Whispering Walls" by Mildred A. Wirt
He stripped me like this, tied me to a whipping-post and nearly beat the life out of me.
"Comrades" by Thomas Dixon
Here, Mr. Constable, give her a hundred lashes at the town's whipping post.
"Amusing Prose Chap Books" by Various
Alma was necessary as, figuratively speaking, a whipping-post for Constance, the younger girl.
"Fordham's Feud" by Bertram Mitford
The slightest failure at his daily task sent the convict to the whipping-post or to solitary confinement.
"Old Trails on the Niagara Frontier" by Frank H. Severance
You've seen the slave quarters and the whipping-post upstairs?
"Out of the Air" by Inez Haynes Irwin
We made a whip-ping-post of the cross of Christ.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Do not hold in contempt the "faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit," who turn the cross of Christ into a whipping post.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The American people will never elect a President from a State with a whipping-post.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
I have known an instance of a woman giving birth to a child at the whipping-post.
"The Iron Furnace" by John H. Aughey
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In poetry:

The boat drove on, the frightened mules
Tore through the rain and wind,
And bravely still, in danger's post,
The whip-boy strode behind.
"The Aged Pilot Man" by Mark Twain
If her cry from the whipping-post and jail
Pierced sharp as the Kenite's driven nail,
O woman, at ease in these happier days,
Forbear to judge of thy sister's ways!
"How The Women Went From Dover" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Eg. And I am of the same minde:
But 'twas my Maids fault.
I thinke she goes about utterly to undoe me:
She is as good a servant as ere was
Married to the whipping-post.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act III" by Ralph Knevet
"Reform lies not in punishment!"
So saith the modern sage.
"No remedy for evil holds
Blind Hate or Savage Rage.
The whipping-post, the darkened cell
Are of a darkre age."
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
And so they take the last poor son
Of all that tainted host,
And try to exorcise the taint
There at the whipping-post.
This is the Age of Reason, friends!
It is our proudest boast.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
Said Thomas to Richard, "To speak my opinion,
There is not such a bitch in King George's dominion;
And I firmly believe, if thou knew'st her as I do,
Thou wouldst choose out a whipping-post first to be tied to.
"The Progress of Advice. A Common Case" by William Shenstone

In news:

The 36-year-old beauty -- who gives her father Bruce credit for stirring up her culinary side -- cooks like a champ in a new video she posted for her GOOP newsletter subscribers, showing them how to quickly whip up boneless, roasted chicken.
After the Obama stimulus seemed to fail, a Washington Post headline gibed: John Maynard Keynes, the GOP's Latest Whipping Boy.
Ever since imprisonment was enthusiastically accepted in the nineteenth century as a humanitarian alternative to the hanging rope and the whipping post we have been uncertain about just what it is supposed to do.
Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) — WEST PALM BEACH — Strawberry shortcake with sugared biscuit and vanilla whipped cream at Table 26.
A religious chaplain is attempting to whip up his followers with a blog post that says Hurricane Sandy, currently threatening the East Coast, is God's reaction to homosexuality.
Because he's a nice man who wants you to be happy, Jerry Jones squirted several pounds of glorious whipped topping onto the sweet potato pie that was Washington's Thanksgiving win with a series of amazing post-game quotes.
House Minority Whip Herring to run for post.
Whip 's blog postings.
The Caledonia Legion Post 191 baseball team put a good, old-fashioned whipping on Rushford July 9 at Veterans Memorial Field, sweeping both ends of a double-header 16-3 and 13-3.
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