Definition of whipsaw in English:

whipsaw

Line breaks: whip|saw
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪpsɔː
 
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noun

A saw with a narrow blade and a handle at both ends, used typically by two people.
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  • The rich dark wood of its walls and floor - all rudely smoothed with the broadaxe and the whip-saw.

verb (past participle whipsawn or whipsawed)

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1Cut with a whipsaw: he was whipsawing lumber
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  • They probably won't actually have to whipsaw timbers to make their own boats, but lots of other touches will be as authentic as can be arranged.
  • Many skis were just a whipsawed piece of lumber four to six inches in width with an upturned tip, but they worked well enough to transport the skier to where he wanted to go.
  • The first coal shipped from the valley was loaded into boats made of logs and whipsawed lumber and floated down the river.
2 informal Subject to two difficult situations or opposing pressures at the same time: the army has been whipsawed by a shrinking budget and a growing pool of recruits
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  • All the mental health care professionals we know have been whipsawed between their ideals for practice - based both on knowledge of patients and on their own self-image - and the narrow demands of managed care.
  • He sees an increasing number of Saudis who are whipsawed between a new materialism and traditional values.
  • All of this has left Black West Palm Beach spinning, whipsawed between runaway private development and an enduring legacy of political neglect.
2.1Compel to do something: he whipsawed the state legislature into passing his educational-reform package
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  • Use the Internet to whipsaw suppliers into shape.
  • It is inevitable, however, that the company will use the threat of plant closings to whipsaw workers in different factories to accept further concessions in wages and working conditions.
  • However, suppliers say they are not comfortable with the digital exchanges, believing them to be overrated, and nothing more than a more efficient way for OEMs to whipsaw them for even greater price concessions.
2.2Cheat or exploit.
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  • If we let them whipsaw us and beat us to death, and just go like a whipped puppy off into the sunset, we lose respect.
2.3 Stock Exchange , informal Subject to a double loss, as when buying a security before the price falls and selling before the price rises: even the most skilled traders are sometimes whipsawed
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  • But in the past few months the dollar has been confounding forecasters - and whipsawing short-sellers - by rebounding sharply.
  • Consumers are also getting whipsawed by the stock market, which has failed to rally despite Fed rate cuts.
  • Citi's actions weren't illegal, but broke an unwritten understanding not to whipsaw markets or take advantage of the thin summer trading.

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