Meaning of whipping side in English:

whipping side


Australian, New Zealand
  • The last side of a sheep to be shorn.

    ‘the shearer had completed the long blow and was cleaning the head on the whipping side’
    • ‘My shears they will go freely when I'm on the whipping side.’
    • ‘I knelt with one knee on the board and kept coming down the whipping side.’
    • ‘The whipping side of a sheep was the right-hand side, the last to be shorn.’
    • ‘I started the last side, the whipping side, each blow travelling out to the end of the last leg.’
    • ‘i drove 'em on the long blow and down the whipping side.’


Late 19th century from whip (verb) in the sense ‘move something fast or suddenly’.