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feifei 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 1 0 年前

what is ”cracking the whip”

Can someone help me to explain waht is "cracking the whip". It is written in my friend's email and I don't know what it is.

thank you

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  • C L
    Lv 7
    1 0 年前

    what is "cracking the whip" ----

    Here is how the online dictionary Meriamwebster explains the phrase:

    — crack the whip

    : to adopt or apply an authoritative, tyrannical, or threatening approach or policy (as in demanding harder work from employees) 揮鞭威嚇 (像是使員工勤奮工作等等的)

    You must have seen movies before (particularly old films with tyrants, like Exodus) in which big, big guys wielded whips in a menacing manner to get hard-working labourers to work even harder.

    Or you should be familiar with circus scenes where a lion tamer would use a whip to prod his lion to do stunt acts. The whip is used to drive fear in the lion so that it would not dare to ignore orders.

    This is basically the meaning of the phrase. The verb "crack" is to denote the scary sounds sepcific to a whip being wielded.

    I wonder what the context is like in your friend's email. But I don't think your friend uses this phrase for such meaning. Most likely, he just tries to be humorous. Again, his real intention with this phrase can only be judged within the whole context of the email.

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  • 1 0 年前

    cracking the whip是一個口頭上的片語




    那"cracking the whip",把whip用出爆裂聲




    所以"cracking the whip"一詞可以形容:

    "某個人在顯示權威", 或





    The phrase "Cracking the whip"

    usually used to describe

    "(someone) showing the authority", or

    "(someone) using some harsh method"

    The usage of this phrase is to describe

    "getting forced to do something (in a shor time or as fast as you can"

    參考資料: 自己和用CDic查證
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  • Ben
    Lv 6
    1 0 年前

    cracking the whip是澳洲牛仔擅長的技巧 也就是把鞭子甩得震天價響 我今年暑假剛好到雪梨附近的農場看他們的表演 真是神乎其技呀

    參考資料: 個人經驗
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  • 1 0 年前

    crack the whip :

    to use your authority to make someone work harder, usually by

    threatening or punishing them.

    Eg: We were already three months behind schedule so I thought it was

    time to crack the whip.

    參考資料: usa web ( idioms section )
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