whip the cat
- (Britain, dialectal, dated) To practice extreme parsimony.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Forby to this entry?)
- (US, dialectal, dated) To go from house to house working by the day, as itinerant tailors and carpenters do.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for whip the cat in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)