What does it mean cracking the whip?

What does it mean cracking the whip?

to demand obedience, hard work, or efficiency from others in a harsh or stern manner. noun. Also called snap the whip.

Does a whip crack break the speed of sound?

The tip of a bullwhip is thought to be the first human-made object to break the sound barrier, resulting in the telltale “crack” of the whip. This “crack” sound is actually a small sonic boom. To break the sound barrier, you (or your bullwhip) must exceed about 770 mph at sea level.

What is happening when the whip makes a crack sound?

“The crack of a whip comes from a loop traveling along the whip, gaining speed until it reaches the speed of sound and creates a sonic boom,” Goriely says. He notes that even though some parts of the whip travel at greater speeds, “it is the loop itself that generates the sonic boom.”

What length whip is easiest to crack?

They do not lend themselves to the more complicated multiple cracking of Australian competition cracking. They are heavier and slower than stock whips, and as such more suitable for routines where the drama is enhanced by the time taken for the whip to roll out. For a first bullwhip the best length is about 8 foot.

Where did the term crack the whip come from?

“Crack the whip”: An expression for using one’s authority to urge subordinates to work harder or behave better, “crack the whip” traces its origins to 17th-century horse-drawn wagon drivers, according to the “The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms” by Christine Ammer.

What is the loudest whip?

The loudest whip crack is 148.7 db(A), and was achieved by Adam Winrich (USA), at the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, on 21 June 2017. Adam wanted to break this record because he thought finding out just how loud he could crack a whip in decibels would be a fun challenge.

What does whipped mean for a guy?

Slang. exhausted; tired; beat: After all that weeding, I’m whipped. Slang. excessively devoted to or controlled by one’s romantic partner.