whipsaw


1whip·saw

noun \ˈhwip-ˌs, ˈwip-\

Definition of WHIPSAW

:  a narrow pit saw averaging 5 to 712 feet (1.5 to 2.3 meters) in length

First Known Use of WHIPSAW

15th century

2whipsaw

verb

Definition of WHIPSAW

transitive verb
1
:  to saw with a whipsaw
2
:  to beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once, by a two-phase operation, or by the collusive action of two opponents <wage earners were whipsawed by inflation and high taxes>

First Known Use of WHIPSAW

1842

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