buzz saw

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noun

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

Origin of buzz saw

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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buzz saw


noun

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

buzz-saw


n.

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

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