[hwip-saw, wip-]
a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
verb (used with object), whipsawed, whipsawed or whipsawn, whipsawing.
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), whipsawed, whipsawed or whipsawn, whipsawing.
(of a trailer, railroad car, etc.) to swing suddenly to the right or left, as in rounding a sharp curve at high speed.

1530–40; whip + saw1

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whipsaw (ˈwɪpˌsɔː)
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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Slang Dictionary

whipsaw definition

  1. tv.
    to assault a person; to gang up and beat a person. : What kind of creeps would whipsaw an old buzzard like that?
  2. tv.
    [for the stock market] to reduce the capital of investors by frightening them into selling when stock prices are low and encouraging them to buy when prices are high. (Securities markets.) : A lot of people were whipsawed in the recent market volatility.
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