Meaning of whip-round in English:



informal British
  • A collection of contributions of money from a group of people for a particular purpose.

    ‘my secretary organized a whip-round and we sent him a card and a gift’
    • ‘He said he would like to thank patrons at Saturday's fundraiser, who contributed to a whip-round raising £80 towards the cost of the damage.’
    • ‘We all had a whip-round and collected £200 to buy them some clothes, and they were so grateful for just a scrap of kindness.’
    • ‘Well, the work colleagues could have a whip-round to raise the money instead.’
    • ‘Supermarket staff put out collection buckets which shoppers quickly filled and workplace whip-rounds brought in thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘They had a whip-round and have given me the money I paid for the set to the stallholder, who had promised to deliver it to my home but never turned up.’
    • ‘The airline didn't have any money, so the passengers had to have a whip-round to raise enough cash to refuel.’
    • ‘A group of Japanese factory workers had sent some cash after a whip-round on their shopfloor.’
    • ‘I said to my wife that perhaps I could have a whip-round at the industrial estate and see if I could get this lady's money back for her.’
    • ‘They said they're going to have a whip-round and now they say I'm staying for the rest of the season.’
    • ‘His books fetched nearly £8,000 at auction, though were mostly bought back for him by friends, so maybe they'll have a whip-round for the old house.’
    • ‘His proudest moment to date: a visit to Walmer township in Port Elizabeth, where more than 20 army members had a whip-round for a local football team.’
    • ‘Amateur clubs and pub teams were also encouraged to take part in the fund-raising drive, getting sponsored to play a game or having a simple whip-round in the dressing room.’
    • ‘But before we organise a whip-round to make up for his shortfall, spare a thought for those who are having to cope with below-inflation pay rises.’
    • ‘And when we ran out of gas we had a whip-round and everyone gave me enough cents to fill up and get here.’
    • ‘The night includes a Peel quiz and a whip-round for the British Heart Foundation and runs from 9pm until midnight.’
    • ‘The man in the shop tries to organise a whip-round for me, but I refuse.’
    • ‘But that was not before Swindon cab drivers had completed a whip-round to buy a replacement set.’
    • ‘And a whip-round among fans and staff financed travel to another away fixture last month.’
    • ‘The ‘Pay to Play’ weekend will involve rugby clubs donating money in whatever form they can - from win bonuses, a percentage of their match subs, or even a whip-round in the clubhouse after the match.’
    donations, contributions, gifts, subscription, subscriptions, alms