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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He stumbled over a sawhorse and his guide turned upon him with a quick admonition to be more careful.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Unharness the sawhorse, somebody; my fingers are too clumsy.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • "This will be a good place to camp," said the Wizard, as the sawhorse stopped for further instructions.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • "You ought to break yourself of the habit," said the sawhorse.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Little Evring preferred to ride with Dorothy upon the sawhorse, which had a long back.

    Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • And underneath his sawhorse there was a little pile of sawdust.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • "I quite agree with you," replied the sawhorse, in a rough but not unpleasant voice.

    Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • He's a sawhorse—he's as heavy in th' head as a bag of salt; he'll never do no good to nobody.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "We'll see about that," replied the King, and at once he waved his hand toward the sawhorse and muttered a magical word.

    Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for sawhorse


a stand for timber during sawing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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