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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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  • For answer the cruel fellow tied the darling to the buzz-saw.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • 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
  • The second act can be in a saw-mill, and we can cut his hair off on a buzz-saw.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
  • 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
  • For almost a year we had been preparing spasmodically for a day with the buzz-saw.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Ah, Dick, it does not pay to monkey with the buzz-saw, as your father used to say!

    Under Fire For Servia Colonel James Fiske
  • We should learn from this never to lean on the buzz-saw when it moveth itself aright.

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • We either got to let Moran do as he damn pleases 'round here, or show him that he's tackled a buzz-saw.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • 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
  • They had gone barely a hundred yards when a screech, like a buzz-saw when it strikes a nail, sounded overhead.

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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