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Definitions for whipsaw
ˈʰwɪpˌsɔ, ˈwɪp-whip·saw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. two-handed saw, whipsaw, two-man saw, lumberman's sawverb

    a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people

  2. whipsawverb

    victimize, especially in gambling or negotiations

  3. whipsawverb

    saw with a whipsaw


  1. Whipsawverb

    to cause to suffer a setback or losses by subjecting to two forces at the same time or in rapid succession; as, consumers were whipsawed by both inflation and higher sales taxes.

  2. Whipsawverb

    (Finance) to cause to suffer a series of losses in trading when buying and selling at the wrong times in a rapidly fluctuating market; -- especially used when an attempt is made, by selling short, to recover losses from a long purchase in a declining market, and the short sale also results in a loss when the market subsequently rises. Used mostly in the passive; as, to be whipsawed by exaggerated responses to a changing outlook.


  1. whipsawnoun

    a crosscut saw operated by two people

  2. whipsawverb

    to operate a whipsaw

  3. whipsawverb

    to lose potential profit by buying shares just before the price falls, or by selling them just before the price rises

  4. whipsawverb

    to defeat someone in two different ways at once

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whipsawnoun

    a saw for dividing timber lengthwise, usually set in a frame, and worked by two persons; also, a fret saw

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whipsaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whipsaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of whipsaw in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Dick:

    We got a lot of optimism for the earnings, but then you’ve got fear of inflation and that’s kind of giving us a whipsaw market.

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