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[sawd-awf, -of] /ˈsɔdˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
sawed off at the end, as a shotgun or broomstick.
Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature.
Origin of sawed-off
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Andrew, thrilling with horror, recognized one as a sawed-off shotgun.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And they've got four sawed-off shotguns and a tommy-gun in the back seat.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • He could whang away at a quarter with that sawed-off .45 of his and hit it every crack.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • The Mexican crept to his sawed-off shotgun loaded with buck-shot.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • "Here is where I shine by being a 'sawed-off,'" he informed me.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
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Short of stature: sawed-off fight manager from Newark (1887+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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