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pit sawing

noun
  1. a method of sawing logs or timbers, as into boards, in which the piece to be cut is laid horizontally across a pit and cut by a saw operated vertically by two people, one above and one in the pit below the piece.
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Origin of pit sawing

First recorded in 1905–10
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  • The Yahgans were employed on road-making, chopping, pit-sawing and other work of the hardest kind.

    The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn

    John R. Spears