Here goes the riddle:

I never do offend you

Yet you always whip me,

Which do not amend me,

Though I dance and skip ;

When I'm upright you do like me best,

And severely do whip me when I want to rest.

What am I?


2 Answers 2


You are

a spinning top.


an old-fashioned spinning top is made to spin by a sort of whipping motion, which needs to be renewed once it starts to slow down and therefore stand less vertical as it spins.)

  • $\begingroup$ So the dance in question is The Whirling Devishes Dance. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ And the dance part comes from the lyrics of the dreidle dreidle dreidle song. $\endgroup$
    – iiRosie1
    Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ @crayon, is this correct or not? $\endgroup$
    – kiLLua
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 6:04

You are

A horse


A horse can be whipped when it's tired to make it perform better, though never does it retaliate.


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