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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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  • We should learn from this never to lean on the buzz-saw when it moveth itself aright.

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • Of course you had to be a victim, but now you know how to handle a buzz-saw.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • Then he began an extraordinary racket like an alarm clock, a threshing machine, and a buzz-saw all going together.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • For answer the cruel fellow tied the darling to the buzz-saw.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • The Negro does not run against the buzz-saw of destruction, and this fact should be put down to his credit.

  • If she was this kind of a boarding-school kid she ought not to have monkeyed with the buzz-saw.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • Don't monkey with the buzz-saw is a pretty good motter where he's concerned.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • For almost a year we had been preparing spasmodically for a day with the buzz-saw.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • A colony of cicadas on the limbs of a great gutta tree awoke into life and pierced our ears with buzz-saw strains.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • Jim, you'd better confine yourself to the writing of encyclopedias and not meddle with the buzz-saw of—of sharp retort.

    The Colossus Opie Read
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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Word Origin and History for buzz-saw

1858, American English, from buzz (v.) + saw (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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