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whipsaw

[ hwip-saw, wip- ]
/ 藞拾w瑟p藢s蓴, 藞w瑟p- /
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noun
a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
verb (used with object), whip路sawed, whip路sawed or whip路sawn, whip路saw路ing.
to cut with a whipsaw.
to win two bets from (a person) at one turn or play, as at faro.
to subject to two opposing forces at the same time: The real-estate market has been whipsawed by high interest rates and unemployment.
verb (used without object), whip路sawed, whip路sawed or whip路sawn, whip路saw路ing.
(of a trailer, railroad car, etc.) to swing suddenly to the right or left, as in rounding a sharp curve at high speed.
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Origin of whipsaw

First recorded in 1530鈥40; whip + saw1
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British Dictionary definitions for whipsaw

whipsaw
/ (藞w瑟p藢s蓴藧) /

noun
any saw with a flexible blade, such as a bandsaw
verb -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed or -sawn (tr)
to saw with a whipsaw
US to defeat in two ways at once
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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