whale away

whale away

Attack physically or verbally, as in Our boys whaled away at the enemy, or The talk-show host whaled away at the hostile critics. The word whale here does not allude to the ocean mammal, but means "flog" or "thrash." [Mid-1800s]
See also: away, whale
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It is believed animal experts are waiting for the tide to turn so they can get diggers into position to take the whale away where it will most likely be incinerated.
They are currently taking the whale away to be studied.
If the tide did wash the whale away, it would provide an easy solution to what would otherwise prove to be a logistical nightmare to move the carcass, which could weigh up to 10 tons.
We started leading Tsu-xiit out to open ocean at six this morning, and were within sight of it when DFO boats showed up and attracted the whale away from us," said 35-year-old paddler Gary Maquinna.
Officials there had lobbied hard to keep the whale away from other communities that were trying to host him as a tourist attraction.
With Contender, we can whale away on an opponent and still look OK the next day when we walk into work.
The Crusaders" and Fernandez are working with "Keiko's" owners, who have offered to give the whale away to a good home, free of charge.