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.
- Games To win two bets from (a person) at one time, as in faro.
- To cause to move or alternate rapidly in contrasting directions: “The bond market &ellipsis; continues to be whipsawed by fears of rekindled inflation” (Steven E. Levingston).
- To defeat or best in two ways at once.
(third-person singular simple present whipsaws, present participle whipsawing, simple past and past participle whipsawed)