whip·​sawed ˈ(h)wip-ˌsȯd How to pronounce whipsawed (audio)
: subjected to a double market loss through trying inopportunely to recoup a loss by a subsequent short sale of the same security

Examples of whipsawed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that winning streak came to an end during 2018, and some retirees who waited to make their withdrawals wound up whipsawed. Steve Vernon, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2019 Her analysis is spot-on in its main thrust: Relentlessly upward-skewing market conditions have created plenty of carnage in the whipsawed newspaper sector. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Futures are up, suggesting the broader stock market could eke out gains for the third quarter despite recent whipsawed trading. James Willhite, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Homes are selling during the coronavirus crisis, despite heightened unemployment, widespread business losses, a whipsawed stock market and stay-at-home orders. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whipsawed was in 1892

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“Whipsawed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipsawed. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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