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sawbones

[ saw-bohnz ]
/ ˈsɔˌboʊnz /
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noun, plural saw·bones, saw·bones·es. (used with a singular verb) Slang.

a surgeon or physician.

RELATED WORDS

specialist, doctor, surgeon, quack, medic, intern, healer, MD, doc, bones

Nearby words

saw-toothed, saw-whet owl, saw-wort, sawatch, sawbill, sawbones, sawbuck, sawbuck table, sawder, sawdust, sawdust trail

Origin of sawbones

1830–40; saw1 + bone + -s3
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sawbones

/ (ˈsɔːˌbəʊnz) /

noun plural -bones or -boneses

slang a surgeon or doctor
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Word Origin and History for sawbones

sawbones


n.

"surgeon," 1837, slang, from verbal phrase; see saw (v.) + bone (n.).

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