buzz saw

noun
plural buzz saws

Definition of buzz saw

1 : a power saw with a circular cutting blade : circular saw
2 : someone or something that presents overwhelming opposition The Buckeyes have been a buzz saw …, winning by an average of 47.7 points in a 4-0 start.— Tom Dienhart usually used in the phrase run/walk into a buzz saw … the organizers ran into a buzz saw of complaints about many of its proposed venues, which had not been vetted with some of the landlords or the public.— Katharine Q. SeelyeThey ran into a buzz saw Saturday night against … Kentucky, a loss that likely means a new No. 1 on Monday.— John MarshallNever before has a president asked a Supreme Court nominee to walk into a political buzz saw quite like this.— Susan Davis

Examples of buzz saw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family-friendly, controversy-averse Walt Disney Co. has walked into the buzz saw of the American culture wars, version 2022. Thomas Doherty, Chron, 10 May 2022 The family-friendly, controversy-averse Walt Disney Co. has walked into the buzz saw of the American culture wars, version 2022. Thomas Doherty, Chron, 10 May 2022 The quick rise of Duke’s program is one of college softball’s recent success stories, but the Blue Devils are running into a buzz saw. Usa Today Sports Network, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 The family-friendly, controversy-averse Walt Disney Co. has walked into the buzz saw of the American culture wars, version 2022. Thomas Doherty, Chron, 10 May 2022 The family-friendly, controversy-averse Walt Disney Co. has walked into the buzz saw of the American culture wars, version 2022. Thomas Doherty, Chron, 10 May 2022 The family-friendly, controversy-averse Walt Disney Co. has walked into the buzz saw of the American culture wars, version 2022. Thomas Doherty, The Conversation, 9 May 2022 The rivals — along with the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays — will be duking it out all season in a buzz saw of a division in which three teams reached the playoffs last year. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 The Florence girls ran headfirst into a buzz saw in the form of Hoover on Thursday morning. Evan Dudley, al, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buzz saw

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

25 Jun 2022

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“Buzz saw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buzz%20saw. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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