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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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AUGUST'S WHIPSAWING stock market should serve as an important reminder that, when it comes to financial markets, there is peril in letting your guard down.
I went through a set of whipsawing emotions recently.
Fortunately, they too are attuned to the crosscurrents whipsawing the biz.
As the trigger came further back, the finger would find itself applying most of its pressure to the left side of the trigger, whipsawing the muzzle back to the left.
Anecdotes about whipsawing dot-com fortunes are plentiful.
Her concern was to find an arrangement that would keep speakership rivalries from whipsawing House GOP newcomers.