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English definition of “saw”


verb     /sɔː/ US  /sɑː/ (sawed, sawn or mainly US sawed)
[I or T] to cut wood or other hard material using a saw: They sawed the door in half. He sawed through the pipe.Cutting and stabbing [I + adv/prep] to move something backwards and forwards as if using a saw: He was sawing away at his violin, making a terrible noise!Backwards, sideways and back and forth
(Definition of saw verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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