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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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With the commercial gains from whaling evidently slim at best, it seems that there must be more at stake to persuade these nations to brave the bad press that comes with it.
Critics of whaling point out that the industry has an extremely poor conservation record.
Japan, Iceland, Norway and other pro-whaling nations have been pushing the International Whaling Commission to revoke the 1986 ban on commercial hunts amid controversy over exactly how many whales are left in the world's oceans.
Fifty of the humpback whales that recently passed by Sydney could next year be targeted by the Japanese 'scientific whaling' program in the Southern Ocean, and their meat processed into whale burgers or fried and seasoned with soy sauce.
Existing catch limits for all current aboriginal whaling operations -- on Arctic bowhead whales, northeastern Pacific gray whales, minke whales off Greenland, west Greenland fin whales and north Atlantic humpback whales off St.
Japan evoked international ire when it announced last month that it had submitted to the IWC a plan to expand its lethal whaling program to include the sei whale in its catch targets and increase the annual target of minke whales by 50.
Still, many enjoyed the excitement of whaling. Henry Cheever wrote, "I like the eagerness and activity and can very well put up with the smell and dirt which having dead whales alongside makes in a whale ship."
''We have our whaling culture and enough scientific data backing our trial to preserve it and leave it to our descendants,'' he says.
When one whaling ground was depleted, the whalers exploited another.
The resulting erosion of anti-whaling sentiment in the IWC has aroused conservationists' fears not only that commercial whaling may be re-introduced, but that such whaling would then proceed in a poorly regulated environment--exposing whale populations to potentially devastating exploitation based on flimsy science.
Inuit Whaling and Sustainability contributes to our understanding of whale harvesting and protection by focussing on the fundamental issues of sustainability that motivate save-the-whale campaigns but are equally crucial to the welfare of subsistence whaling societies.
Australia condemns Japan's decision to renew its Southern Ocean whaling program and will continue to pressure the Japanese government to abandon lethal "scientific whaling," Environment Minister Robert Hill said Thursday.
When Hiller Elementary decided to begin the school year with a school-wide thematic unit on whales, we studied the art of scrimshaw, looked at a reproduction of a Currier and Ives' whaling print, and studied pictures of Peruvian ceramics depicting stylized killer whales.
Publication of "On the Northwest: Commercial Whaling in the Pacific Northwest, 1790-1967," by Robert Lloyd Webb, has been published by the University of British Columbia Press, #303 - 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1W5.
Although whaling has decreased dramatically since some 32,000 whales were killed in 1972-73, it was only last year that the International Whaling Commission was able to virtually ban commercial whaling.