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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
References in classic literature ?
Now the cussed thing's ready, Sawbones, and you'll just out with another five, or here she stays.
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.
I never bargained to carry a mad devil and a silly Sawbones, a--"
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
He makes his way to a town where he finds a preacher, Meacham (Clancy Brown), who sews up a weird wound for him, and takes on a drunk, Percy (Paul Dano), who makes the saloonkeeper- sawbones, Doc (Sam Rockwell), dance by gunfire.
Waterstone's placed the thriller Sawbones by Scots author Stuart MacBride in their Guide To Kids' Books.
Band-aid, keyhole, or pinhole surgeries, as they're also called, drastically reduce the size of the initial slash sawbones need to make in their patients' midriff to remove or repair whatever bits and pieces they're after in gallbladders, bowels, or kidneys.