Whipsaw

Whipsaw

Pronunciation: \hwip-so, wip-saw\

Function: noun
Date: 15th century
: a narrow pit saw averaging 5 to 7 1/2 feet (1.5 to 2.3 meters) in length

Function: transitive verb
Date: 1842
1 : to saw with a whipsaw
2 : to beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once, by a two-phase operation, or by the collusive action of two opponents

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