whip back(redirected from whip them 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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.