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[hak-saw] /ˈhækˌsɔ/
a saw for cutting metal, consisting typically of a narrow, fine-toothed blade fixed in a frame.
Origin of hacksaw
1645-55; hack1 + saw1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hacksaw
  • Only the grit was useful, mostly for industrial applications such as dental drills and hacksaw blades.
  • G--Use a hacksaw to trim off the excess handle and wedge flush with the tool head.
  • Cuts bars to required lengths using hacksaw, bar cutters or acetylene torch.
  • hacksaw marks on gage ladder bracket on landward side of gage house.
  • If rock or boulders are encountered before the driftpin is driven its full length, it will have to be cut off with a hacksaw.
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, -sawn (-ˌsɔːn)
(transitive) 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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