coping saw

noun

cop·​ing saw ˈkō-piŋ- How to pronounce coping saw (audio)
: a handsaw with a very narrow blade held under tension in a U-shaped frame and used especially for cutting curves in wood

Illustration of coping saw

Illustration of coping saw

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He gently and carefully shapes a seat with a coping saw before carving its shape. Marc Bona, cleveland, 30 Dec. 2022 Next, use a coping saw to back-cut the molding along its contoured profile . Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

from present participle of cope entry 4

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coping saw was in 1925

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“Coping saw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coping%20saw. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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