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Clean as a whip

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. ;-)