from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The handle of a whip. See whip-hand, 2, and compare whiprow.
- n. See the quotation.
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I'm for you -- stick, fist, or whiphandle, rifle or bowie-knife.
As America has become more reliant on foreign lenders, it warns, so it has become more vulnerable to "financial warfare", of the sort America itself threatened to wage on Britain, a big debtor, during the Suez crisis, considered the end of the British Empire because Britain owed so much money to the USA that the USA had a whiphandle over the pound and therefore the British Government.