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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • They made it spin like a buzz saw an' got their clothes all wet.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • To a man up a tree it looks like yu are up agin a buzz saw this time.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • For instance, to put a guard on a buzz saw so that a workingman won't saw his hand instead of sawing the wood.

    Industrial Conspiracies Clarence S. Darrow
  • That sort of people always run up against a buzz saw for their pains.

    Atchoo! George Niblo
  • 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)
  • Occasionally something would go over me that sounded as though a buzz saw had been fired from a saw mill explosion.

  • Two drinks of gin makes a man or woman look as though they had swallowed a buzz saw.

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad George W. Peck
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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