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hacksaw

or hack saw

[hak-saw] /ˈhækˌsɔ/
noun
1.
a saw for cutting metal, consisting typically of a narrow, fine-toothed blade fixed in a frame.
Origin of hacksaw
1645-1655
1645-55; hack1 + saw1
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  • A piece of brass tubing is then cut off with a hacksaw to form a brass bushing.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The lower end of this rod is slit with a hacksaw and the rudder is placed in this.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Slits are sawn across the bowl in the manner shown, using a hacksaw.

  • A vise with a bar of metal in it, half cut through and the hacksaw beside it.

    Omnilingual H. Beam Piper
  • It may then be sawn with a hacksaw, cut with a cold chisel, or filed into plates of the proper shape, as shown.

  • The upper arm B forms the cutter, which is made from a piece of hacksaw blade.

  • With a hacksaw this is cut off in a sloping direction with an angle to correspond with the slope in the bottom of the dry-dock.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A hacksaw is applied through holes bored at the ends and a cut sawed along against the metal edges.

  • Still one might be nicked with a hacksaw and left to break with the shock when the next log ran down the slide.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for hacksaw

hacksaw

/ˈhækˌsɔː/
noun
1.
a handsaw for cutting metal, with a hard-steel blade in a frame under tension
verb -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed, -sawn (-ˌsɔːn)
2.
(transitive) to cut with a hacksaw
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Word Origin and History for hacksaw
n.

first element from Old Norse höggva "to cut," from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (see hew) + saw (n.).

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