Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A circular saw: so called from its sound when in action.
- n. A circular saw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A circular saw; -- so called from the buzzing it makes when running at full speed.
- n. a power saw that has a steel disk with cutting teeth on the periphery; rotates on a spindle
- buzz + saw (Wiktionary)
“The buzzsaw is a powerful system of censorship in this country that is revealed to those reporting on extremely sensitive stories, usually having to do with high level government or corporate malfeasance.”
“After Scott Brown won the Senate race in Massachusetts, the president claimed that his health-care bill ran into a "buzzsaw" of opposition from special interests.”
“But the "buzzsaw" wasn't special interests, it was the American people.”
“[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The "buzzsaw" sound is a distorted trombone played by Bryan Hooten.] (Soundbite of song "Grizzly Bear") WHITEHEAD: The edges can get blurry, but that's part of the plan.”
“He knows health-care reform ran into a political "buzzsaw," but he demands that Congress push ahead.”
“By 1975, contemporaneous with the Ramones, The Saints were employing the fast tempos, raucous vocals and "buzzsaw" guitar that characterised early punk rock.”
“Just take a look around you at the bitterness and spite," rails singer Jake Burns with a buzzsaw holler.”
“Nobody wants to hit a buzzsaw called 'people over the age of 50,' " said Nancy LeaMond, a top AARP official.”
“Time Warner Cable ran into a buzzsaw of public opposition when it tried to test consumption-based pricing in some markets in 2009.”
“Never monkey with a buzzsaw when it is busy cutting wood.”
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