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A narrow two-person crosscut saw.
tr.v. whip·sawed, whip·sawed or whip·sawn (-sôn′), whip·saw·ing, whip·saws
1. To cut with a whipsaw.
2. To cause to move or alternate rapidly in contrasting directions: "The bond market ... continues to be whipsawed by fears of rekindled inflation" (Steven E. Levingston).
3. In card games, especially poker, for two players to raise and re-raise with one or more players in between who must call the raises in order to stay in the game.
4. To defeat or best in two ways at once.
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(Tools) any saw with a flexible blade, such as a bandsaw
vb (tr) , -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed or -sawn
1. (Tools) to saw with a whipsaw
2. US to defeat in two ways at once
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. -sawed, -sawed -sawn, -saw•ing. n.
1. a saw for two persons, used to divide timbers lengthwise.v.t.
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.
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Past participle: whipsawn
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|Noun||1.||whipsaw - a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people|
pitsaw - a large two-handed saw formerly used to cut logs into planks; one man stood above the log and the other in a pit below
saw - hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
|Verb||1.||whipsaw - victimize, especially in gambling or negotiations|
|2.||whipsaw - saw with a whipsaw|
saw - cut with a saw; "saw wood for the fireplace"
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