horsewhip n : a whip for controlling horses v : whip with a whip intended for horses [also: horsewhipping, horsewhipped]
EtymologyA 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.
- 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.'
A horsewhip or horse whip is
baste, bastinado, beat, belabor, belt, birch, blacksnake, buffet, bullwhack, bullwhip, cane, cat, club, cowhide, crop, cudgel, cut, drub, flagellate, flagellum, flail, flog, fustigate, give a whipping, give the stick, knout, kurbash, lace, lash, lay on, pistol-whip, pommel, pummel, quirt, rawhide, razor strap, scourge, sjambok, smite, spank, strap, stripe, swinge, switch, thong, thrash, thump, trounce, truncheon, wallop, whale, whip, whiplash, whop