- a sawhorse.
Origin of sawbuck1
- a ten-dollar bill.
Origin of sawbuck2
Examples from the Web for sawbuck
"Here's your ten and costs," says Pinckney, tossing him a sawbuck.Shorty McCabe
They drove a pack-horse, their supplies loaded on a sawbuck saddle with kyacks.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Rob threw the sawbuck pack-saddle on top of the padded blanket.The Young Alaskans in the Rockies
"It pleases me to say that I pulled a sawbuck out of Emery," he said.Frank Merriwell's Races
Burt L. Standish
The sawbuck followed it, the cinch flying high so that it should go clear.The Eagle's Heart
- US and Canadian a sawhorse, esp one having an X-shaped supporting structure
- mainly US and Canadian slang a ten-dollar bill
Word Origin and History for sawbuck
"ten-dollar bill," American English slang, 1850, from resemblance of X (Roman numeral 10) to the ends of a sawhorse. Sawbuck in the sense of "sawhorse" is attested only from 1862 but presumably is older (see saw (n.1)).