verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of seesaw
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for see-saw
Contemporary Examples of see-saw
If Michelle Shocked was in politics, her nickname might be “The See-Saw.”Lindsay Lohan, Jay Leno & More Celebrities’ Week in Hell (Photos)
March 23, 2013
After months of see-saw battles in the Sahara Desert, Libya's rebels are now making their first serious push to Tripoli.After Gaddafi, What Next?
August 21, 2011
A broad base of support in the middle brings balance to the see-saw of political power.A Centrist Gets Fighting Mad
October 13, 2010
Over the last century, American politics has tended to see-saw between panics about immigrants and panics about blacks.Fear of Immigrants
May 3, 2010
Historical Examples of see-saw
Roger left the see-saw and climbed to the top of the board fence.
Charley's end of the see-saw was on the ground so she scrambled up laughing.
Or there's only one process, and "see-saw" is one of its aspects.The Book of the Damned
For these two tendencies throughout the world are like a see-saw.Home Rule
Oh, Sammy Lee's afraid of me, riding the see-saw under the tree.The Beth Book
- an up-and-down or back-and-forth movement
- (as modifier)a seesaw movement
Word Origin for seesaw
also seesaw, 1630s, in see-saw-sacke a downe (like a Sawyer), words in a rhythmic jingle used by children and repetitive motion workers, probably imitative of the rhythmic back-and-forth motion of sawyers working a two-man saw over wood or stone (see saw. Ha ha.). Reference to a game of going up and down on a balanced plank is recorded from 1704; figurative sense is from 1714. Applied from 1824 to the plank arranged for the game.
also seesaw, "move up and down," 1712, from see-saw (n.). Related: See-sawed; see-sawing.