saw·​horse | \ ˈsȯ-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce sawhorse (audio) \

Definition of sawhorse

: a frame on which wood is laid for sawing by hand : horse sense 2b

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Fasten the legs to the sawhorse by marking 4 inches in from the ends of the I-beam. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 At Easter there were so many family members, her father created makeshift tables by laying boards on top of sawhorses. Atlanta Life, ajc, "‘Good bye, Aunt Rita! I’ll see you on the beach!’," 9 Mar. 2018 With the bollards in place, Miller said public safety personnel will be able to divert other resources -- like wooden sawhorses commonly used during special events -- to add more protective measures to other parts of the French Quarter. Beau Evans,, "Bollards arrive on Bourbon Street: What they look like, how they work," 15 Dec. 2017 Streets leading to the course are closed, but on many of them, in most years, the only barrier is a blue, wooden sawhorse and a thin plastic tape. Washington Post, "After truck attack, NYC circles the wagons around marathon," 3 Nov. 2017 Bishop offers a pair of steel sawhorses set with red and black doll heads, toy tanks, and tiny houses. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Skulls, dolls, and birds at artspace1616 | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Oct. 2017 Orange and white sawhorses and police barricades continued to block numerous streets around town. Rick Neale, USA TODAY, "In small town, Harvey ‘just a catastrophic citywide event’," 2 Sep. 2017 The return of the prodigal beautiful thing began before the museum opened, with its specially built crate set up on low sawhorses in the middle of a room located amid the museum's many nondescript backstage corridors. Steve Johnson,, "'American Gothic' returns to Chicago after first European trip," 8 June 2017 Those who knew Amelia in childhood recalled an adventurous tomboy, inclined to make toys out of packing boxes and sawhorses, eschewing dolls. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?," 17 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sawhorse

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sawhorse was in 1778

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English Language Learners Definition of sawhorse

: a frame on which wood is placed when it is being cut with a saw


saw·​horse | \ ˈsȯ-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce sawhorse (audio) \

Kids Definition of sawhorse

: a frame or rack on which wood is rested while being sawed

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