saw at

phrasal verb

sawed at; sawed at or sawn at; sawing at; saws at
: to try to cut (something) by moving a saw, knife, etc., backwards and forwards
She was sawing (away) at the turkey with a dull knife.
sometimes used figuratively
The violinist sawed (away) at the strings.

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“Saw at.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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