saw-bones

sawbones

[saw-bohnz]
noun, plural sawbones, sawboneses. (used with a singular verb) Slang.
a surgeon or physician.

Origin:
1830–40; saw1 + bone + -s3

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sawbones (ˈsɔːˌbəʊnz)
 
n , pl -bones, -boneses
slang a surgeon or doctor

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sawbones definition


  1. n.
    a doctor. (Folksy. Referring to someone who amputates limbs.) : Call the sawbones. This is an emergency.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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