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buzz saw

a power-operated circular saw, so named because of the noise it makes.
Origin of buzz saw
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And this work, with the buzz saw, took up every minute of his time.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • They made it spin like a buzz saw an' got their clothes all wet.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • The water-wheel was turning swiftly and the millstone was whirling like a buzz saw.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • In her opinion, it sounded more like a buzz saw than anything else.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Arthur Scott Bailey
  • To a man up a tree it looks like yu are up agin a buzz saw this time.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • Suddenly to Dave's tensed senses there came a sound akin to that of somebody putting sheets of tin to a buzz saw blade.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • He wuz in a great hurry with his spring's work, and full of care about that buzz saw mill.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • The fact wuz, they needed some buzz saw mills bad, and wuz very glad to have these deacons lay holt of 'em.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • By noon Walter felt as if a buzz saw was in full operation in his head, while he could not hear at all.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for buzz saw

buzz saw

(US & Canadian) a power-operated circular saw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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