My kids watch the "Lego NinjaGo" series and have been asking me about the title song, called "Weekend Whip" by The Fold. As much as I tried looking for the meaning of the word "whip" in the context of the song I couldn't find anything that would make sense. I guess it should mean something like "fight" or "training", but I am not sure about either. Could someone shed some light on it for me? Here's a short extract for reference:

We just jump up, kick back, whip around and spin,
and then we jump back, do it again
Ninja, come on, come on
and do the weekend whip!

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  • Consider taking a "whip" -- a leather belt of sorts -- and waving it around over your head or as you turn in a circle. To "whip" is to move in a rapid semi-circular motion, generally with some sort of strap or lever arm extended from the axis of motion. – Hot Licks Mar 10 at 23:43
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    "Do the weekend whip" is simply providing a name for the dance. – Hot Licks Mar 10 at 23:44
  • So when they're singing "We're ready for the fight we know the drill" and "We slept on Thursday just to get it over // The whip's a day away!", they're singing about a nearing dance? – Anton Zujev Mar 11 at 10:00
  • They're dancing like Ninjas. – Hot Licks Mar 11 at 11:23
  • Okay then, thanks! It’s still pretty weird, but okay. :) – Anton Zujev Mar 11 at 11:24

I'm not familiar with the song, but when I read it in your question, I immediately thought of the meaning "to move quickly", which is borne out by these two definitions:


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Move fast or suddenly in a specified direction.
‘he whipped round to face them’

[with object and adverbial of direction]
Take out or move (something) fast or suddenly.
‘he whipped out his revolver and shot him’

Source: Oxford Dictionary

So "whip around" means to turn around very quickly - just as a person holding a whip would move it very quickly to 'whip' someone.

  • Well, yes, but “the weekend whip”? – Anton Zujev Mar 10 at 23:30
  • As I said, I'm not familiar with the song - nor the series - but my guess is that it's something they often do at the weekend. – TrevorD Mar 10 at 23:33
  • I understand, yeah. The question for me is — what do they often do at the weekend. – Anton Zujev Mar 11 at 10:01
  • @AntonZujev At the weekend they do what they describe in the first two lines of the song!! – TrevorD Mar 11 at 16:42
  • “It’s time for training and we’re getting started,//it’s on, you know.”? It seems more likely that they’re singing about the training that they do to prepare for the whip. – Anton Zujev Mar 11 at 16:48

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