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whipsawed

[hwip-sawd, wip-]
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adjective Stock Exchange.
  1. subjected to a double loss, as when an investor has bought a stock at a high price soon before it declines and then, in order to make good the loss, sells it short before it advances.
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Origin of whipsawed

whipsaw

[hwip-saw, wip-]
noun
  1. a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
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verb (used with object), whip·sawed, whip·sawed or whip·sawn, whip·saw·ing.
  1. to cut with a whipsaw.
  2. to win two bets from (a person) at one turn or play, as at faro.
  3. to subject to two opposing forces at the same time: The real-estate market has been whipsawed by high interest rates and unemployment.
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verb (used without object), whip·sawed, whip·sawed or whip·sawn, whip·saw·ing.
  1. (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 1530–40; whip + saw1
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Examples from the Web for whipsawed

Historical Examples

  • On the doorstep of the whipsawed house she found Uncle Billie Gibson.

    The Silent Alarm

    Roy J. Snell

  • The message had warned her to retreat, to return to the whipsawed cabin and wait.

    The Silent Alarm

    Roy J. Snell

  • Little Hallie, too, was quite as mysterious as the whipsawed cabin in which she lived.

    The Silent Alarm

    Roy J. Snell

  • The timbers for it were hewed out by hand; the boards and planking were whipsawed.

  • Uncle Isaac and I borrowed the saw and went to work and whipsawed lumber for sluice boxes.


British Dictionary definitions for whipsawed

whipsaw

noun
  1. any saw with a flexible blade, such as a bandsaw
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verb -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed or -sawn (tr)
  1. to saw with a whipsaw
  2. US to defeat in two ways at once
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