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pencil whip

1. To complete a form or record, especially a checklist, without doing the work required or by providing falsified or incomplete information. It has come to light that the safety supervisor aboard the oil rig had been pencil whipping his observational reports for several weeks leading up to the disaster.
2. To approve such a form without actually verifying that the contents are accurate or properly completed. We're supposed to fill out a detailed checklist after each shift, but I know my boss just pencil whips them.
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whipping boy

A person or thing that is blamed for problems, often those caused by someone or something else. Bobby got tired of being the whipping boy for the mischief caused by his older brothers. Video games have become the whipping boy for the violent behavior displayed by today's youth.
See also: boy, whipping

whipping boy

Fig. someone who is punished for someone else's misdeeds. The president has turned out to be the whipping boy for his party.
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whipping boy

A scapegoat, as in This department's always been the whipping boy when things don't go well. This expression alludes to the former practice of keeping a boy to be whipped in place of a prince who was to be punished. [Early 1900s]
See also: boy, whipping

a whipping boy

If someone is a whipping boy, people blame them when things go wrong. `There won't be a white paper,' one minister said yesterday. `It wouldn't solve anything. It would just make the prime minister a whipping boy for both the left and right.' This is the story of how America's favorite whipping boy became her favorite son. Note: A whipping boy was a boy who was educated with a prince and was punished for the prince's mistakes because tutors were not allowed to hit the prince.
See also: boy, whipping

a ˈwhipping boy

a person who is blamed or punished for the mistakes of another person: The directors are clearly responsible for what happened, but they’re sure to find a whipping boy lower down the company.It was your fault, and I am not going to be your whipping boy.In the past when a royal prince made a mistake in his lessons, another boy was whipped (= punished) for his mistakes.
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Whipping punishment has come under close scrutiny lately.
Library research is conducted on relevant materials on whipping punishment.
This research also conducts a comparative study between the basic Syariah principles on whipping punishment and the provisions on whipping under the Syariah Criminal Procedure Act (Federal Territories) 1997.
Interviews are also conducted to gauge the level of understanding of the general public on Syariah whipping punishment.
The Cincinnati Gazette, which in effect broke the story of the whipping, had for many years presented a Republican critique of the South and now carried an abolitionist fervor into the postwar world.
This inference was made explicit for the reader in the comparison of the Moore whipping with another assault "in the same neighborhood" only a few days prior.
The Cincinnati Gazette's report on the whipping drew a rapid-fire response from the main newspaper in Lincoln County.
CHANTILLY CREAM: Combine 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled, 3 to 4 teaspoons powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla in bowl of an electric mixer.
CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Combine 1/2 cup whipping cream and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips.
CHOCOLATE GANACHE: In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, heat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream in a microwave oven on high power 30 to 45 seconds or until hot and bubbly.
Beat whipping cream and powdered sugar in a chilled medium bowl of an electric mixer on high speed until stiff.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and whipping cream.
The coconut wrapper, made by cooking together whipping cream, sugar and corn syrup - takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons remaining whipping cream in center of each serving.
After whipping cream, remove 1 cup and reserve for top of pie.