Definition of see-saw verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

see-saw

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈsiː sɔː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiː sɔː//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they see-saw
BrE BrE//ˈsiː sɔː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiː sɔː//
 
he / she / it see-saws
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past simple see-sawed
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past participle see-sawed
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-ing form see-sawing
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[intransitive] see-saw (from A to B) to keep changing from one situation, opinion, emotion, etc. to another and back again Her emotions see-sawed from anger to fear. Share prices see-sawed all day. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (originally used by sawyers as a rhythmical refrain): reduplication of the verb saw (symbolic of the sawing motion).
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