- 1[transitive] whipsaw something to cut something with a whipsaw They were whipsawing lumber.
- 2[transitive] whipsaw somebody/something to expose someone or something to two difficult situations or opposing forces at the same time The public has been whipsawed by good and bad news about vitamins.
- 3 [intransitive, transitive] whipsaw (something) to rise or fall or move back and forth; to cause something to do this synonym fluctuate Gold has whipsawed, falling from a peak of $1,000 an ounce.
- 4[transitive] whipsaw somebody to cheat or beat someone in two ways at once The champions whipsawed them with equally effective running and passing for a 24-7 victory.
NAmE//ˈwɪpsɔ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whipsaw he / she / it whipsaws past simple whipsawed -ing form whipsawing