Origin of bucksaw

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; buck3 + saw1
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Examples from the Web for bucksaw

Historical Examples of bucksaw

  • That is what all the boys called a bucksaw when I went to school.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • Johnnie bent his back, and the bucksaw resumed its protesting skreek.

  • Using a bucksaw is not only a thankless job at any time, but it is no saving of time or money.

    Hiram The Young Farmer

    Burbank L. Todd

  • I tried to recall every kind of work that a bucksaw can be used for in the hope that that would suggest the name, but I failed.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • The doctor cheerfully complied, and shot some dope into my hide, and made his bucksaw fairly sail, until it struck a rusty nail.

British Dictionary definitions for bucksaw


  1. a woodcutting saw having its blade set in a frame and tensioned by a turnbuckle across the back of the frame
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