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whipsaw

1. tv. to assault a person; to gang up and beat a person. What kind of creeps would whipsaw an old buzzard like that?
2. tv. [for the stock market] to reduce the capital of investors by frightening them into selling when stock prices are low and encouraging them to buy when prices are high. (Securities markets.) A lot of people were whipsawed in the recent market volatility.
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Pilots Demand that Management Stop Whipsawing Pilot Groups and Stalling Negotiations
If rates aren't whipsawing up and down for no obvious reason, it's a matter of waiting for the ultimate shoe to drop: the rate hikes that ultimately put you out of business.
This coalition will prevent the Carriers from whipsawing unions, large and small alike, and will strengthen all of rail labor at negotiations.
Woerth went on to say, "This is a very dangerous trend in our industry and ALPA will use all appropriate means, including financial, legal, communications and other resources to end this whipsawing tactic.
This would benefit the shareholder and end the whipsawing of separate labor groups by management, which, in turn, provides an atmosphere of security and advancement for all labor groups.
Stempel did not mean what he said when he pledged no whipsawing last Dec.