/hwip"saw', wip"-/, n., v., whipsawed, whipsawed or whipsawn, whipsawing.
1. a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
2. to cut with a whipsaw.
3. to win two bets from (a person) at one turn or play, as at faro.
4. to subject to two opposing forces at the same time: The real-estate market has been whipsawed by high interest rates and unemployment.
5. (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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