to cut something with a repeated backwards and forwards movement:
He sawed at the loaf with a blunt knife.
saw something ↔ off
to remove something by cutting it off with a saw:
We sawed off the dead branches.
saw something ↔ up
to cut something into many pieces, using a saw:
The tree was cut down and sawn up for logs.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut chopto cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces sliceto cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces diceto cut vegetables into small pieces peelto cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc grateto cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool carveto cut pieces from a large piece of meat sawto cut wood using a special tool called a saw chop downto cut down a tree, using an axe snipto cut something quickly using scissors shaveto remove hair from your face or body trimto remove small parts of something to make it look neat mowto cut grass pruneto cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better cut ➔ See alsocut
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.