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An official of a political party appointed to maintain parliamentary discipline among its members, especially so as to ensure attendance and voting in debates. The term is recorded from the mid 19th century, and is a shortening of whipper-in, literally a huntsman's assistant who keeps the hounds from straying by driving them back with the whip into the main body of the pack.

Subjects: Politics.

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