Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A saw consisting of a tough, fine-toothed blade stretched taut in a frame, used for cutting metal.

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  • n. A saw, with a blade that is put under tension, for cutting metal
  • v. To cut with a hacksaw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. saw used with one hand for cutting metal

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English hagge-saue, a kind of saw : haggen, to cut, chop; see haggle + sawe, saw; see saw1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A comparison of the tool marks showed that both it and the hacksaw were the same tools used to create the trap at the bus stop, and the boots were the same brand and size too.

    The Burning Wire

  • I think the "hacksaw" is a lighter ... for No Smoking.

    Chuck Norris, Bakery Defender

  • Aliodor looked for a hacksaw to cut her free, but she died in front of him.

    Haiti Suffers Year Of Crisis With Nobody In Charge

  • Nicknamed “Doc” and “the Surgeon,” he kept a hacksaw and butcher knife in a bag and referred to them as his “tools.”

    Kill the Irishman

  • The pits furnish a bit of counterpoint crudity to Ms. Bontecou's unrelenting elegance: The lumberyard red ends of the pine two-by-sixes are left showing, and a hacksaw blade lies, as if forgotten, on top.

    Abstract (Semi) and Phantasmagorical

  • In desperation, I attempted to detach part of Frankenloaf and sample it, but it resisted every tool at my disposal and now I need a new hacksaw.

    In Which I Fail to Tempt the Gods

  • Others have writer friends who lend them a hacksaw on occasion.

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  • Fergus Bannon, when not performing neurosurgical interventions with the aid of a hacksaw, dowsing rod and amphetamine-soaked surgical mask, has been known to write for publications such as Interzone, Territories, West Coast Magazine and Shipbuilding.

    Fergus Bannon

  • Select a straight or gently curved antler section that comfortably fills the hand and cut to length with a hacksaw (some knife makers like to use the antler button for the butt).

    How to Make a Knife Handle Out of an Antler Shed

  • [2] Eliminate the grip above the reel and cut off unneeded threads from the end of the reel seat (b) with a hacksaw.

    Three Ways to Customize Your Flipping Rod For Bass

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