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[saw-hawrs] /ˈsɔˌhɔrs/
a movable frame or trestle for supporting wood being sawed.
Origin of sawhorse
1770-80; saw1 + horse Unabridged
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  • In the parlor, the principal adornments are two saddles, each in a corner on a sawhorse.
  • Request to have a sawhorse, cement, or metal barricade set up.
  • The first floor joist or truss must be rolled into position and secured by workers on the ground, ladders, or sawhorse scaffolds.
  • The first floor joists or truss must be rolled into position and secured by workers on the ground, ladders or sawhorse scaffolds.
  • His back was to another well when he either stepped or stumbled backwards, tripping over an iron sawhorse.
British Dictionary definitions for sawhorse


a stand for timber during sawing
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Word Origin and History for sawhorse

"support or rack for holding wood while it is cut by a saw," 1778, from saw (n.1) + horse (n.) in the mechanical sense.

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