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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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Examples from the web for sawed-off
  • Each false fork dead-ended in a clearing, and each clearing had a sawed-off tree stump.
  • He began carrying a sawed-off shotgun around with him.
  • All were armed, the first two with sub-machine guns, the last two with sawed-off shotguns.
  • Wynn claims that his sawed-off shotgun does not qualify as such a device.
  • The individual was quite disgruntled and left the pub to go home, where he retrieved a sawed-off shotgun.
  • Moments later the subject removed a sawed-off shotgun from the duffel bag and fired two rounds into the air.
  • They carried a silver pistol and a sawed-off shotgun respectively.
British Dictionary definitions for sawed-off


(prenominal) (of a shotgun) having the barrel cut short, mainly to facilitate concealment of the weapon
(informal) (of a person) small in stature
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Slang definitions & phrases for sawed-off



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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