any of several long-bladed saws; esp., a crosscut saw with a tapering blade from 5 to 7 feet long and with a handle at each end, for use by two persons
- to cut with a whipsaw
- to subject to pressure or attack from two different sources or directions at the same time
A narrow two-person crosscut saw.
transitive verbwhip·sawed, whip·sawed, or whip·sawn whip·saw·ing, whip·saws
- To cut with a whipsaw.
- 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 )
- 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.
- To defeat or best in two ways at once.
(third-person singular simple present whipsaws, present participle whipsawing, simple past and past participle whipsawed)