Definition of "whipsaw" [whip•saw]

  • (noun) A narrow two-person crosscut saw.
  • (verb-transitive) To cut with a whipsaw.
  • (verb-transitive) Games To win two bets from (a person) at one time, as in faro.
  • (verb-transitive) To cause to move or alternate rapidly in contrasting directions: "The bond market . . . continues to be whipsawed by fears of rekindled inflation” ( Steven E. Levingston).
  • (verb-transitive) To defeat or best in two ways at once.

Use "whipsaw" in a sentence

  • "The word 'whipsaw' might be an understatement to describe stock markets on Friday: up big at the start of trading, down big in midday trading and now U.S. indexes are up again - and substantially - in early afternoon trading."
  • "Then the Indian brings over a whipsaw from the cabin at Surprise Lake and makes lumber enough for the box."
  • "This bargaining tactic is called the whipsaw, and B.C. taxpayers are about to feel it in the months ahead."

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