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[sawd-awf, -of] /ˈsɔdˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
sawed off at the end, as a shotgun or broomstick.
Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature.
Origin of sawed-off
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "My detectives will carry rifles and sawed-off shotguns," he said, handing the pistols to the reporters.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Andrew, thrilling with horror, recognized one as a sawed-off shotgun.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Canton Charlie was standing on the bar, and a sawed-off shotgun roamed impartially over the crowd.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • The Mexican crept to his sawed-off shotgun loaded with buck-shot.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • George Ashby's sawed-off shotgun looked squarely at the region bounded by Jeff Moore's belt.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock
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Short of stature: sawed-off fight manager from Newark (1887+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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