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compass saw

noun, Carpentry.
a small handsaw with a narrow, tapering blade for cutting curves of small radii; whipsaw.
Compare keyhole saw.
Origin of compass saw
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bore holes in the corners of the doors and windows and saw out with keyhole or compass saw.

    Primary Handwork

    Ella Victoria Dobbs
British Dictionary definitions for compass saw

compass saw

a hand saw with a narrow tapered blade for making a curved cut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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