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[buhk-saw] /ˈbʌkˌsɔ/
a saw having a blade set across an upright frame or bow, used with both hands in cutting wood on a sawhorse.
Origin of bucksaw
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; buck3 + saw1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bucksaw
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  • That is what all the boys called a bucksaw when I went to school.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Johnnie bent his back, and the bucksaw resumed its protesting skreek.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • Using a bucksaw is not only a thankless job at any time, but it is no saving of time or money.

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
  • I tried to recall every kind of work that a bucksaw can be used for in the hope that that would suggest the name, but I failed.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • The doctor cheerfully complied, and shot some dope into my hide, and made his bucksaw fairly sail, until it struck a rusty nail.

  • In another moment he would have knocked at the kitchen door, but the skreek of a bucksaw from the woodshed led him aside.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for bucksaw


a woodcutting saw having its blade set in a frame and tensioned by a turnbuckle across the back of the frame
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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