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whale on (someone or something)

1. To attack or thrash something in an brutal, forceful, or relentless manner. He stood there whaling on the wall with a sledgehammer, but he barely seemed to be making a dent in it. She began whaling on the poor child until a police officer finally intervened. The other team whaled on us for the entire game, leading to one of our most humiliating defeats of the season.
2. To criticize, rebuke, or verbally assault someone or something vehemently or relentlessly. The interviewer suddenly began whaling on the politician over his alleged ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The boss whaled on us for the entirety of the meeting because of our failure to meet our sales quota.
See also: on, whale

whale into (someone or something)

1. To attack or thrash something in an brutal, forceful, or relentless manner. He stood there whaling into the wall with a sledgehammer, but he barely seemed to be making a dent in it. She began whaling into the poor child until a police officer finally intervened. The other team whaled into us for the entire game, leading to one of our most humiliating defeats of the season.
2. To criticize, rebuke, or verbally assault someone or something vehemently or relentlessly. The interviewer suddenly began whaling into the politician over his alleged ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The boss whaled into us for the entirety of the meeting because of our failure to meet our sales quota.
See also: whale

whale away at (someone or something)

1. To attack or thrash something in an brutal, forceful, or relentless manner. He stood there whaling away at the wall with a sledgehammer, but he barely seemed to be making a dent in it. She began whaling away at the poor child until a police officer finally intervened. The other team whaled away at us for the entire game, leading to one of our most humiliating defeats of the season.
2. To criticize, rebuke, or verbally assault someone or something vehemently or relentlessly. The interviewer suddenly began whaling away at the politician over his alleged ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The boss whaled away at us for the entirety of the meeting because of our failure to meet our sales quota.
See also: away, whale

wailing

and whaling
mod. excellent. (Teens.) What a whaling guitar!
See also: wail

whaling

verb
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As long as you can harvest the surplus without reducing the stocks significantly, we think whaling is a good thing," says Marius Holm of Oslo's Bellona Foundation, perhaps Norway's most influential environmental group.
The agency said next year's whaling will be carried out between April and July in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, as it did this year.
Using data collected by the International Whaling Commission, Springer's team surmised that by 1969, whalers essentially wiped out the fin, sei, and sperm whales within 370 kilometers of the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska coast.
The 54th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whales' own "United Nations" of 45 member countries, was held in Japan.
One whaling vessel already returned to port on Sept.
The group logs anywhere from 1,000 to 3,500 whales each year, and the figures were used when the International Whaling Committee needed a status report on the population last year, five years after the species was removed from the endangered list.
Other reports have suggested that since the 1986 moratorium on whaling, toothed whales have contributed a larger fraction of the whale meat consumed in Japan.
The whaling industry has been suffering severely from the moratorium imposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) -- which includes a ban on the hunt of its main catch, minke whales -- with whaling stations forced to shut down one after another.
It's amazing that any cetaceans survived the savage onslaught of worldwide whaling, which reached its zenith with the fast steam boats and exploding harpoons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Since the heyday of whaling, however, scientists have grown curious about buoyancy changes underwater.
In the film, Berry plays Max, the only child of a whaling ship captain.
The plight of these beloved mascots of the sea captured the popular imagination - and mobilized protests that culminated in one of the greatest victories of green activism: a global moratorium on whaling.
The society has taken credit for sinking eight whaling ships and for ramming seven whalers and driftnetters.