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sawbuck

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[ saw-buhk ]
/ ˈsɔˌbʌk /
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noun
a sawhorse.
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Origin of sawbuck

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1860–65, Americanism; compare Dutch zaagbok

Other definitions for sawbuck (2 of 2)

sawbuck2
[ saw-buhk ]
/ ˈsɔˌbʌk /

noun Slang.
a ten-dollar bill.

Origin of sawbuck

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1840–50, Americanism; so called from the resemblance of the Roman numeral X to the crossbars of a sawbuck1
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British Dictionary definitions for sawbuck

sawbuck
/ (ˈsɔːˌbʌk) /

noun
US and Canadian a sawhorse, esp one having an X-shaped supporting structure
mainly US and Canadian slang a ten-dollar bill

Word Origin for sawbuck

C19: (in the sense: sawhorse) translated from Dutch zaagbok; (in the sense: ten-dollar bill) from the legs of a sawbuck forming the Roman numeral X
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