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whip into (something)
1. To mix one ingredient rapidly into another so as to blend them completely together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "whip" and "into." Very slowly whip the melted butter into the eggs until the whole amount has emulsified.
2. To stir or whisk something very rapidly until it changes into a new state or condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "whip" and "into." Once you've whipped the egg whites into a meringue, begin layering it on top of the lemon mixture in the pie tin.
3. To enter some place in great haste. He whipped into the room and knocked a vase off the table.
4. To cause someone or some group through provocation or agitation to adopt a new and extreme state of mind, especially a negative one. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "whip" and "into." The organizer whipped the mob into a frenzy, leading to a riot along Main Street. I'm being whipped into a great big ball of anxiety waiting for the doctor to call me with the test results.
5. To cause someone or something to have or adopt an acceptable condition, state, or behavior. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "whip" and "into"; typically followed by "shape." What he really needs is a strict mentor who will whip him into shape. We've got two hours to whip this house into shape before Mom and Dad get back.
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whip something into something
to beat one soft ingredient into another. Whip the butter into the egg and make a smooth paste. First, you must whip the egg whites into the cream.
whip into something
Fig. to go quickly into something or some place. They whipped into the parking space before I could get there. I whipped into the store to pick up a few things.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To manipulate something into some particular condition, by mixing it rapidly with a utensil so as to introduce air: The chef whipped the cream into a froth.
2. To excite or provoke someone or something into some mental state: The speaker whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
3. To force or compel someone or something into some state of conformity by or as if by flogging or lashing: The musher whipped the dogs into line. The drill sergeant whipped the soldiers into shape.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.