whale on

whale on

v.
1. To strike or hit someone or something repeatedly and forcefully; thrash someone or something: The street gangs whaled on each other until someone called the police.
2. To criticize someone vehemently: Our boss whaled on all of us for missing the deadline.
See also: on, whale

whale on

mod. excellent. (Possibly confused with or in error for wailing.) We had a whale on time at Bob’s house.
See also: on, whale
References in classic literature ?
It was the Canadian-- he could not be mistaken--who signalled a whale on the eastern horizon.
Over four seasons of field work on the island not far from Antarctica, Guinet had observed the same calf or another young killer whale on numerous occasions almost stranding itself on the beach and struggling back to sea.
The rescuers - some dressed in street clothes - helped place the 13-foot 8-inch, 1,670-pound whale on a stretcher, which was later hoisted onto a refrigerated truck for a three-hour trip to the San Diego marine park.