seesaw

Part of speech: verb

To move up and down or to and fro; vacillate.

Part of speech: adjective

Moving like a seesaw; vacillating.

Part of speech: noun

A sport in which persons are borne up and down on opposite ends of a balanced plank; any similar movement.

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Usage examples "seesaw":

  1. I declare I know no more why the minds of human beings should be so restlessly agitated about things which, as most of them own, give more pain than pleasure, than I understand why that swarm of gnats, which has such a very short time to live, does not give itself a moment's repose, but goes up and down, rising and falling as if it were on a seesaw, and making as much noise about its insignificant alternations of ascent and descent as if it were the hum of men. - "Kenelm Chillingly, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. In this as in similar problems the obvious and simple rule should be followed of having those matters which no particular State can manage taken in hand by the United States; problems which in the seesaw of conflicting State legislatures are absolutely unsolvable are easy enough for Congress to control. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. When one administration has almost wrecked the ship, as in the Caserta marriage, the other comes in peacefully, and sets the public mind at rest; both parties wish for peace and quietness, and no more revolutions, and the political seesaw keeps the helm fairly straight in ordinary weather. - "Spanish Life in Town and Country", L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street.