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See whale (“to beat vigorously or soundly”).
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- (slang) To strike an opponent heavily and repeatedly in a fight.
- 1962, Norman Mailer, The Death of Benny Paret:
- If he had been able to break loose from his handlers and the referee, he would have jumped Paret to the floor and whaled on him there.
- 2000, Joseph Di Prisco, Confessions of Brother Eli, page 320:
- Philip was whaling on O, who was whaling on Slater, who was whaling on Genesius, who was whaling on Philip. Blood, spittle, and curses were flying.
- 2014, Jack Hart, Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest, page 278:
- “Big sumbitch,” Don Dykes said. “Took a fuckin' ax handle to me. Just whaled on my fuckin' ass.”
- (slang) To beat heavily on anything.
- The wrench wouldn’t budge, even though Tony was just whaling on it with a big old sledge hammer.
- 2012, Nora Roberts, The Last Boyfriend, page 71:
- Jaw tight, Ryder picked up his hammer, set a framing nail, and whaled on it.
- 2014, Chris Fabry, The Song:
- Now he couldn't get enough of playing his father's music on a CD and whaling on the drum set Jed had bought him at one of those warehouse club stores
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