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keyhole saw

a compass saw for cutting keyholes, etc.
Origin of keyhole saw
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The man who peered through the keyhole saw a large room, furnished lavishly.

    The Black Star Johnston McCulley
  • Trace around this pattern on the wood, and saw out with a compass or keyhole saw.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • Insert the point of the keyhole saw in one of these holes to start it and cut out the piece.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The hull of the boat is produced by three pieces of wood sawed out to the same shape with a keyhole saw and glued together.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • With a circle or keyhole saw cut out the piece, then shave out the saw marks and sandpaper smooth.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • It is necessary frequently to cut holes through partitions, floors, etc., and at such times a keyhole saw works in just right.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer

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