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



    BrE BrE//ˈsiː sɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiː sɔː//
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  1. 1(North American English also teeter-totter) [countable] a piece of equipment for children to play on consisting of a long flat piece of wood that is supported in the middle. A child sits at each end and makes the see-saw move up and down. Can we go on the see-saw?
  2. 2[singular] a situation in which things keep changing from one state to another and back again The match was a see-saw battle between the two teams.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (originally used by sawyers as a rhythmical refrain): reduplication of the verb saw (symbolic of the sawing motion).
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