e.g. in the Merry Wives of Windsor, Act V, Scene 1:
Since I plucked geese, played truant, and whipped top, I knew not what it was to be beaten till lately.
I assume it's some form of game or diversion, but I can't seem to find out what. It's also used in Hudibras:
For as whipp'd tops, and bandy'd balls,
The learned hold, are animals
Any context or explanation for these quotations would be very much appreciated.