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buzz saw

  1. a power-operated circular saw, so named because of the noise it makes.
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Origin of buzz saw

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for buzz-saw

Historical Examples

  • For answer the cruel fellow tied the darling to the buzz-saw.

    Wappin' Wharf

    Charles S. Brooks

  • Of course you had to be a victim, but now you know how to handle a buzz-saw.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit

    George Randolph Chester

  • The second act can be in a saw-mill, and we can cut his hair off on a buzz-saw.

    A House-Boat on the Styx

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • If she was this kind of a boarding-school kid she ought not to have monkeyed with the buzz-saw.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • For almost a year we had been preparing spasmodically for a day with the buzz-saw.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

British Dictionary definitions for buzz-saw

buzz saw

  1. US and Canadian a power-operated circular saw
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Word Origin and History for buzz-saw


1858, American English, from buzz (v.) + saw (n.).

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