saw·​horse ˈsȯ-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce sawhorse (audio)
: a frame on which wood is laid for sawing by hand : horse sense 2b

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  • sawhorses

Examples of sawhorse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cost of these benches and work aides varies from under $20 for sawhorse brackets to thousands of dollars for a truly beautiful European workbench built out of beech. Jack Baruth, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2023 So when a crane raised the final beam for the building from its position laying across sawhorses, there was applause. Paul Gattis |, al, 26 Jan. 2023 The operation went from game assembly on top of plywood and sawhorse tables to offices with hundreds of employees. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2023 With the exception of the Bora Centipede, which is very much its own thing, all of our recommendations are either conventional workbenches or portable sawhorses. Jack Baruth, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2023 Nearly a hundred years ago, Ruby and Annie started picking bushels of apples from the family orchard and with pinched fingers painstakingly placed them, thin slice by thin slice, over screen doors laid out on sawhorses in the backyard. Lisa Donovan, Bon Appétit, 14 Mar. 2023 When folded into a sawhorse, can handle an impressive 1,000 pounds. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2023 Four construction workers are slivering planks of fresh plywood over a sawhorse. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2020 Ellis went inside the storage room, dragged out a couple of sawhorses, and laid the plywood flat on top to make things easier for the mayor. al, 13 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sawhorse was in 1778

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“Sawhorse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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saw·​horse ˈsȯ-ˌhȯ(ə)rs How to pronounce sawhorse (audio)
: a frame on which wood is laid for sawing by hand

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