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sawbones

[saw-bohnz] /ˈsɔˌboʊnz/
noun, plural sawbones, sawboneses. (used with a singular verb) Slang.
1.
a surgeon or physician.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; saw1 + bone + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for sawbones

sawbones

/ˈsɔːˌbəʊnz/
noun (pl) -bones, -boneses
1.
(slang) a surgeon or doctor
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Word Origin and History for sawbones
n.

"surgeon," 1837, slang, from verbal phrase; see saw (v.) + bone (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for sawbones

sawbones

noun

A surgeon; a physician: without being able to rouse a sawbones (1830+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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