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seesaw

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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seesawsee‧saw1 /ˈsiːsɔː $ -sɒː/ noun [countable]  1 seesaw.jpg DHTa piece of equipment that children play on, made of a board that is balanced in the middle, so that when one end goes up the other goes down syn teeter-totter American English2 a repeated movement from one state or condition to another and back again syn oscillation
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seesawIt should be a seesaw affair.As soon as they try to see Agnes's mind it sinks down and up pops Perdita like a seesaw.Like the other end of a seesaw, Agnes rose. ` Where's Magrat?So, lie flat on your back over the pivot on a seesaw, and arrange yourself so that it balances.Which boy on the seesaw is heavy?It is rather like warfare, the seesaw of offensive and defensive, of tank armour and the high-velocity penetrating bullet.
seesawseesaw2 verb [intransitive]  CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHERto keep changing from one state or condition to another and back again Before the election, the president seesawed in the polls.→ See Verb table
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seesawHis fortunes, internationally and domestically, as player and captain, seesawed alarmingly during the 1991-92 season.The Dow Jones Industrial Average seesawed before closing down 21. 32 at 5066. 9.Mickelson never was really in it, as his 2 birdies and 2 bogeys kept him seesawing between 5 and 6 under.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 21. 32 to 5066. 9 after seesawing for most of the session.Other reluctant players include squirrels, coyotes and ravens, all of whom seesaw in synchrony.Stock prices seesawed throughout the morning.
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Verb table
seesaw
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyseesaw
he, she, itseesaws
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyseesawed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave seesawed
he, she, ithas seesawed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad seesawed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill seesaw
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have seesawed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam seesawing
he, she, itis seesawing
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you, we, theyare seesawing
Past
I, he, she, itwas seesawing
you, we, theywere seesawing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been seesawing
he, she, ithas been seesawing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been seesawing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be seesawing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been seesawing
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