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whip back

1. To jerk, snap, or thrash backward with great and sudden force. He held the branch back to let Mary pass, but he let go before I got there, and it whipped back into my face. You need to make sure the tarpaulin is pegged down securely. We don't want it to come whipping back during a storm.
2. To throw or hurl something with great and sudden force back (to someone or something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whip" and "back." She regained possession of the ball and whipped it back to the shooting guard, who sank the ball for two points. I asked him to return the device, and he whipped it back to me so hard that it smashed against the wall into a dozen pieces.
3. To blow, jerk, or yank someone or something backward with great and sudden force. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whip" and "back." A huge gust of wind whipped back the gate just as I was trying to shut it. The contestants started running, but the bungee cables strapped to their harnesses whipped them back toward their starting points.
4. To transport or delivery someone or something back to some previous location very hastily or suddenly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "whip" and "back." Her parents arrived at her dorm room and whipped her back home after they found out she had been skipping all of her classes. The agent gathered the politician into the car and whipped him back to the embassy.
5. To cause someone to return in their mind to some previous place or moment in time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "whip" and "back." The teacher struck her desk with the ruler, whipping me back from my daydream. The scent of the pine whipped him right back to the forest behind his grandfather's cabin where he had spent so much time as a child.
See also: back, whip
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

whip back (on someone)

[for something] to snap back and strike someone. The branch whipped back and struck Jill in the leg. It whipped back and slapped my side.
See also: back, whip
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"I think all that may happen and, if it does, who knows, I might take the whip back before I leave Parliament."
Fido resembled a Smooth Fox Terrier but with a nonconforming, rounded head and ears she could whip back around her skull so the tips met or telescope out to the side like wings on a prop plane.
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You curse swamps and mud holes childishly, willows whip back at you and you slash back at them with the axe in a rage and all nature seems to fight you.
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glowed as he took the whip back in a tight circle to strike again.
(A fumarole is like a geyser, except it's mostly steam.) When it blasted off, Rick felt the ground shake and saw trees whip back and forth.
At the same time as bringing the whip back into the spotlight, it has also reopened the debate over whether penalties for whip offences should be more severe.
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"I think all that may happen and if it does - who knows, I might take the whip back before I leave Parliament."
In the end, the reader is not surprised to see the family whip back into shape at the sight of Flora's suitcase by the door, or to learn that the suitcase is actually empty.
You want to gnurdle that phlange, matey, or the clackett will whip back and take your arm off at the shoulder.