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crosscut saw

a saw for cutting wood perpendicular to the grain.
Origin of crosscut saw
An Americanism dating back to 1635-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Hence we had brought a crosscut saw—a long one with two handles.

  • It did not surprise me that next day I had to forget my crosscut saw exercise.

  • Mr. Goodsil and Mr. Vanater went back after more of the supplies, which included another good axe and a crosscut saw.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • The tools needed are a sharp ax, a crosscut saw, an inch auger, and a spade.

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  • I need exercise, and a session at the end of a crosscut saw would do me a world of good.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • By the way, working a crosscut saw isn't nearly so bad a job on the second day.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • No objection was made, for setting a trap is easier work than dragging a crosscut saw through a maple log.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • A time always comes when excuses and shifts fail, and at last there was nothing for it but to tackle the crosscut saw again.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • I don't believe the stories they tell about two men cutting eight cords of wood in a day with a crosscut saw.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • The method of using a crosscut saw was for two men to take a stand opposite one another, with the log between.

British Dictionary definitions for crosscut saw

crosscut saw

a saw for cutting timber across the grain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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