- a power saw, usually portable, having teeth set on an endless chain.
Origin of chain saw
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
- to cut or cut down (lumber, a tree, etc.) with a chain saw.
- to use a chain saw.
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Examples from the Web for chainsaw
I felt at one point like I was looking right into a chainsaw.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
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The edges of the chainsaw chains and the mower blades, obviously.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
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Told by a black man, the chainsaw joke would go over perfectly well as witty nonsense, for example.Justin Bieber: Not a Racist, But Is He Really a N*****?
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I doubt this is the kind of engineering that would help fix my chainsaw.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
“Jennifer texted me that she needed a haircut and told me to bring a chainsaw,” he wrote.Jennifer Lawrence Gets ‘Chopped’; Viktor & Rolf Return to Couture
The Fashion Beast Team
April 22, 2013
- a motor-driven saw, usually portable, in which the cutting teeth form links in a continuous chain
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Word Origin and History for chainsaw
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