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n. pl. sawbones or saw·bones·es (-bōn′zĭz) Slang
A physician, especially a surgeon.


n, pl -bones or -boneses
slang a surgeon or doctor



n., pl. -bones, -bones•es. (used with a sing. v.) Slang.
a surgeon or physician.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sawbones - a physician who specializes in surgerysawbones - a physician who specializes in surgery
amputator - a surgeon who removes part or all of a limb
cosmetic surgeon, plastic surgeon - a surgeon who beautifies the body (especially the face)
doc, doctor, physician, Dr., MD, medico - a licensed medical practitioner; "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"
brain surgeon, neurosurgeon - someone who does surgery on the nervous system (especially the brain)


(o.f.) [ˈsɔːbəʊnz] N (pej) → matasanos m inv
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I never bargained to carry a mad devil and a silly Sawbones, a--"
Well, sir, he was like the rest of us; every time he looked at my prisoner, I saw that Sawbones turn sick and white with desire to kill him.
Now the cussed thing's ready, Sawbones, and you'll just out with another five, or here she stays.
Methods: A distal third humeral shaft fracture model was constructed using fourth-generation sawbones (#3404, composite bone).
There are people with various levels of education ranging from the illiterate (in any number of works) to a teacher (Margaret Laurence's A Jest of God), to medical doctors (Sinclair Ross's Sawbones Memorial and W.
They spend the day with sawbones models and tools, puzzling out how to put broken bodies back together.
Dead-eye Dick, the literary sawbones, whose private collection of gallstones is the finest in the world.
Sawbones is cleverly constructed, rich in atmosphere and truly exciting.
Flore Forget, lady sawbones on Life's battlefield, of course cannot forget.
The story has a happy ending, an exclamatory triumph of the grotesque body and sawbones medicine:
The game was titled Sawbones versus Jawbones and was played in historic Holman Stadium, the spring training site of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1953 to 2008.
no weight training, no trips to the sawbones for a pissant