hack·​saw | \ ˈhak-ˌsȯ How to pronounce hacksaw (audio) \

Definition of hacksaw

: a fine-tooth saw with a blade under tension in a frame that is used for cutting hard materials (such as metal)

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Recent Examples on the Web Tests of 11 samples taken from slaughter tables, knives, hacksaws, transport trucks and other spots showed that eight were positive for the resistant strain. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Tainted Pork, Ill Consumers and an Investigation Thwarted," 6 Apr. 2019 The theft occurred early Tuesday when a man used a hacksaw to remove the Monroe figure from the Four Ladies of Hollywood gazebo in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and North La Brea Avenue. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Arrest Made in Theft of Iconic Marilyn Monroe Statue," 22 June 2019 Instructions Cut the pipe with a hacksaw into thirteen pieces: two 5-foot lengths [A], five 12-inch lengths [B], two 8-inch lengths [C], and four 2-inch lengths [D]. A.c. Shilton, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Halloween Monster Is a Perfect Project That's Good To Make With Kids Too," 22 Oct. 2018 There are modular saws that look a bit like a hacksaw, wherein the blade can be swapped out for other purposes. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "16 Tools You Need When You Live Off the Grid," 3 July 2018 What resulted was an effervescent satire with a hacksaw-hard political edge. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Pygmalion’ Review: Don’t Call It Love," 5 Apr. 2018 That hacksaw modification requires a lot of energy. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine," 10 July 2018 Although a table saw, circular saw and hacksaw are all useful, they must be handled with caution. Author: Daniel Bortz, Anchorage Daily News, "10 tools every new homeowner should own - and 3 they shouldn't," 8 Apr. 2018 If necessary, cut the curtain rod to the right length with a junior hacksaw. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Curtain Rod," 11 Feb. 2015

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1638, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hacksaw

: a saw used for cutting metal


hack·​saw | \ ˈhak-ˌsȯ How to pronounce hacksaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of hacksaw

: a saw with small teeth used for cutting hard materials (as metal)

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