American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A physician, especially a surgeon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A surgeon.
- n. slang A surgeon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A nickname for a surgeon.
- n. a physician who specializes in surgery
- saw + bones (Wiktionary)
“My regular sawbones is out of town, so I'm seeing someone new.”
“The sawbones was a plump little cove with gooseberry eyes and trailing whiskers who prodded my injury and pronounced it ugly, but seemed to think I ought to be able to hobble.”
“I thought everybody know'd as a sawbones was a surgeon.”
“‘I thought everybody know’d as a sawbones was a surgeon.’”
“sawbones"; for both the organ and the body are not only living, but they are still feverish and extremely sensitive; it is important to avoid too great irritation; inflammation of any kind would be dangerous.”
“This, though, is a government which has the finesse of an 18th-century sawbones operating in the days before anaesthetic.”
“The sawbones backed away, along with the fans closest to the scene, and the cops handled Chase a lot less delicately than they would have otherwise.”
“The English Surgeon: Storyville10.45pm, BBC4The sawbones in question is Henry Marsh, a renowned British neurosurgeon.”
“The sawbones, meanwhile, has accumulated capital from his illicit breast implant business, but cannot -- legally -- obtain a house consistent with his means.”
“For a sawbones he was a most complete little bandolero, I'll say that for him, but what he said gave me the blue fits straight off.”
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