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jigsaw

noun uk   /ˈdʒɪɡ.sɔː/ us    /-sɑː/

jigsaw noun (PICTURE GAME)

[C] (also jigsaw puzzle) a picture stuck onto wood or cardboard and cut into pieces of different shapes that must be joined together correctly to form the picture again: We spent all evening doing a 1,000-piece jigsaw.

jigsaw noun (MYSTERY)

[S] (also jigsaw puzzle) a complicated or mysterious problem that can only be solved or explained by connecting several pieces of information: The police are trying to piece together the jigsaw of how the dead man spent his last hours.

jigsaw noun (TOOL)

[C] a tool with an electric motor and a thin metal blade that is used for cutting curves in flat materials, such as wood or metal
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