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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whipperin \Whip"per*in`\, n. [1913 Webster] 1. A huntsman who keeps the hounds from wandering, and whips them in, if necessary, to the of chase. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, one who enforces the discipline of a party, and urges the attendance and support of the members on all necessary occasions. [1913 Webster]