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run into a buzz saw

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run into a buzz saw

verb phrase

To get into trouble; encounter fierce resistance: The House ran into a buzz saw when GOP leaders tried to adjourn until Monday afternoon without first working out a deal to reopen the entire government

[1990s+; buzz saw is found by 1886 as ''a characteristic and picturesque Americanism'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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