whip-saw

whipsaw

[hwip-saw, wip-]
noun
1.
a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
verb (used with object), whipsawed, whipsawed or whipsawn, whipsawing.
2.
to cut with a whipsaw.
3.
to win two bets from (a person) at one turn or play, as at faro.
4.
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), whipsawed, whipsawed or whipsawn, whipsawing.
5.
(of a trailer, railroad car, etc.) to swing suddenly to the right or left, as in rounding a sharp curve at high speed.

Origin:
1530–40; whip + saw1

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whipsaw (ˈwɪpˌsɔː)
 
n
1.  any saw with a flexible blade, such as a bandsaw
 
vb , -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed, -sawn
2.  to saw with a whipsaw
3.  (US) to defeat in two ways at once

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