or hack saw



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

Origin of hacksaw

First recorded in 1645–55; hack1 + saw1
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Examples from the Web for hacksaw

Contemporary Examples of hacksaw

Historical Examples of hacksaw

  • A piece of brass tubing is then cut off with a hacksaw to form a brass bushing.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • The lower end of this rod is slit with a hacksaw and the rudder is placed in this.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • Slits are sawn across the bowl in the manner shown, using a hacksaw.

  • A vise with a bar of metal in it, half cut through and the hacksaw beside it.


    H. Beam Piper

  • It may then be sawn with a hacksaw, cut with a cold chisel, or filed into plates of the proper shape, as shown.

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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