English version

saw at something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsaw at something phrasal verbCUTto cut something with a repeated backwards and forwards movement He sawed at the loaf with a blunt knife. saw→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
saw at He hated what he saw at Evanston.I saw at first hand what a regressive prison regime does to prisoners.We had come into the kitchen, and I saw at once that nothing was as I had left it.Father Tim saw at once that the truest meaning of the term captive audience was being demonstrated right before his eyes.Sorry as he was, he saw at once that to refuse would give the whole thing away.I saw at that moment how much Adler had helped her.Despite what you saw at the club.Looking up he saw at the top of it a bizarre collection of wheels and cogs.
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Verb table
saw
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysaw
he, she, itsaws
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysawed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sawn
he, she, ithas sawn
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sawn
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill saw
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sawn
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sawing
he, she, itis sawing
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you, we, theyare sawing
Past
I, he, she, itwas sawing
you, we, theywere sawing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sawing
he, she, ithas been sawing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sawing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sawing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sawing
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