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sawdust

[saw-duhst] /ˈsɔˌdʌst/
noun
1.
small particles of wood produced in sawing.
Origin of sawdust
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; saw1 + dust
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Examples from the Web for sawdust
Contemporary Examples
  • Before the FDA started cracking down, grocers might stretch your coffee with other kinds of beans, your flour with sawdust.

  • Today Maddow concedes that occasionally she must come down off her trapeze and strut in the sawdust with the rest of the circus.

Historical Examples
  • Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • These plants are found on pine and fir trunks and on sawdust heaps.

  • She's just full of sawdust, same as all dolls are, and she couldn't have any nerves.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Wouldn't it be more kind of you to leave me to discover the sawdust for myself?

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Explain why ice is packed in straw or sawdust; why a sweater keeps you warm.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • In a few seconds, smoke would rise from the sawdust that formed.

  • The Croak's in Joliet doing three years for working the sawdust.'

  • Half the sawdust is in the box and is well pressed down so as to half fill it.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
British Dictionary definitions for sawdust

sawdust

/ˈsɔːˌdʌst/
noun
1.
particles of wood formed by sawing
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Word Origin and History for sawdust
n.

1520s, from saw (n.1) + dust (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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