from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The acceptance of fees or bribes from two opposing persons or parties.


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  • Speculators may make convenient whipping boys for those tired of whip-sawing commodity prices.

    Corn's Shifting Data

  • Such “whip-sawing” will not come as a surprise to anyone who reads ADA cases on a regular basis.

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  • McCain's Painful Dilemma: Iraq as Vietnam 2.0 yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'McCain\'s Painful Dilemma: Iraq as Vietnam 2.0'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Events in Iraq and in the presidential race at home are whip-sawing poor John McCain back and forth as he\'s forced to change positions on a dime and make his conversion seem believable.

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  • From a busy hive of activity, with the women and children showing marked improvement at their tasks, and the men happy in the felling of logs and the whip-sawing of lumber, the settlement had suddenly slumped into a disorganized hodge-podge of unrest and anxiety.

    The Gun-Brand

  • Trees were felled, and the logs ranked upon miniature rollways, where all through the short days the Indians busied themselves in the rude whip-sawing of lumber.

    The Gun-Brand

  • It had been one of Sproatly's duties since the accident to rise and renew the fire soon after midnight, and when Sally arrived he was outside the house, whip-sawing birch-logs and splitting them, an occupation he profoundly disliked.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands

  • I found them whip-sawing lumber, building cabins, and digging ditches.

    The Trail of the Goldseekers A Record of Travel in Prose and Verse

  • I certainly have experienced the big venture board problems i.e., whip-sawing between fear and greed in particular, and this is an issue.

  • Such whip-sawing by health-care workers is an old story.

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  • Following the whip-sawing effects of fuel price volatility in 2008 and the subsequent outflow of fuel hedge cash collateral, management focused on liquidity enhancement at the expense of leverage in a highly uncertain operating environment.

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