or hack saw



a saw for cutting metal, consisting typically of a narrow, fine-toothed blade fixed in a frame.

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  6. hacktivism,
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  8. hackwork,
  9. hacky sack,
  10. had

Origin of hacksaw

First recorded in 1645–55; hack1 + saw1

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British Dictionary definitions for hacksaw



a handsaw for cutting metal, with a hard-steel blade in a frame under tension

verb -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed or -sawn (-ˌsɔːn)

(tr) to cut with a hacksaw
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Word Origin and History for hacksaw



first element from Old Norse höggva "to cut," from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (see hew) + saw (n.).

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