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sawed-off

[ sawd-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsɔdˈɔf, -ˈɒf /
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adjective

sawed off at the end, as a shotgun or broomstick.
Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature.

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Origin of sawed-off

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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