Posted by Bob on February 27, 2006
In Reply to: Clean as a whip posted by Bruce Kahl on February 27, 2006
: : : I am having trouble finding the origin of the phrase "clean as a whip". I am unable to find it anywhere on the web.
: I have heard "smart as a whip" and
: "sharp as a whip" but I have never heard clean as a whip. And I, like you, am unable to find anything concerning the phrase you posted.
: Within what context did you see / hear the phrase?
Sounds like somebody mixed up smart as a whip and clean as a whistle. At least it sounds more probable than smart as a whistle. ;-)