(A), in the Legislative Assemblies, is a
person employed to whip up members on either side. The Whips give
notice to members that a motion is expected when their individual vote
may be desirable. The circular runs: “A motion is expected when
your vote is `earnestly' required.” If the word
“earnestly” has only one red-ink dash under it the
receiver is expected to come, if it has two
dashes it means that he ought to come, if it has
three dashes it means that he must come, if four
dashes it means “stay away at your peril.” These notices
are technically called “RED WHIPS.” (Annual
Register, 1877, p. 86.)
A whip. A notice sent to a member of
Parliament by a “whip” (see above)
to be in his place at the time stated when a “division”
He whipped round the corner—ran round it quickly.
(Dutch, wippen; Welsh,
chwipwio, to whip; chwip, a
flick or flirt.)
He whipped it up in a minute. The
allusion is to the hoisting machine called a whip. A
single whip is a rope passing over one pulley;
a double whip is a rope passed over two
single pulleys attached to a yard-arm.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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