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Definition of saw noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(often in compounds) a tool that has a long blade with sharp points (calledteeth) along one of its edges. A saw is moved backward and forward by hand or driven by electricity, and is used for cutting wood or metal. see also chainsaw, circular saw, fretsaw, hacksaw, handsaw, jigsaw
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a short phrase or sentence that states a general truth about life or gives advice
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