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saw

3 verb
     
Related topics: Construction
saw3 past tense sawed, past participle sawn or sawed American English [intransitive and transitive]
TBC to cut something using a saw:
She was in the back yard sawing logs.
saw through
He sawed through a power cable by mistake.

saw at something

phrasal verb
to cut something with a repeated backwards and forwards movement:
He sawed at the loaf with a blunt knife.

saw something ↔ off

phrasal verb
to remove something by cutting it off with a saw:
We sawed off the dead branches.

saw something ↔ up

phrasal verb
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
chop to cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces
slice
to cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces
dice
to cut vegetables into small pieces
peel
to cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc
grate
to cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool
carve
to cut pieces from a large piece of meat
saw
to cut wood using a special tool called a saw
chop down
to cut down a tree, using an axe
snip
to cut something quickly using scissors
shave
to remove hair from your face or body
trim
to remove small parts of something to make it look neat
mow
to cut grass
prune
to cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better
cut

See also
cut

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