- 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.
Origin of whipsawed
- a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
- 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.
- (of a trailer, railroad car, etc.) to swing suddenly to the right or left, as in rounding a sharp curve at high speed.
Origin of whipsaw
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Examples from the Web for whipsawed
On the doorstep of the whipsawed house she found Uncle Billie Gibson.
The message had warned her to retreat, to return to the whipsawed cabin and wait.
Little Hallie, too, was quite as mysterious as the whipsawed cabin in which she lived.
The timbers for it were hewed out by hand; the boards and planking were whipsawed.The Valley of the Giants
Peter B. Kyne
Uncle Isaac and I borrowed the saw and went to work and whipsawed lumber for sluice boxes.A Trip to California in 1853
- any saw with a flexible blade, such as a bandsaw
- to saw with a whipsaw
- US to defeat in two ways at once