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n. pl. sawbones or saw·bones·es (-bōn′zĭz) Slang
A physician, especially a surgeon.
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n, pl -bones or -boneses
slang a surgeon or doctor
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n., pl. -bones, -bones•es. (used with a sing. v.) Slang.
a surgeon or physician.
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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)
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(o.f.) [ˈsɔːbəʊnz] N (pej) → matasanos m inv
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References in classic literature ?
"Wha' won't do?" he said, and added, after looking sleepily into Montgomery's face for a minute, "Blasted Sawbones!"
"Blasted Sawbones!" was all he considered necessary.
I never bargained to carry a mad devil and a silly Sawbones, a--"
Don't you know what a sawbones is, sir?' inquired Mr.
'These here ones as is below, though, ain't reg'lar thoroughbred sawbones; they're only in trainin'.'
Well, the child was not much the worse, more frightened, according to the Sawbones; and there you might have supposed would be an end to it.
"Now the cussed thing's ready, Sawbones, and you'll just out with another five, or here she stays."
Sawbones (Apple Podcasts, Maximum Fun) Ancient Greek Hippocrates is considered the father of Western medicine, but even he came up with some wacky treatments.
For Sawbones, a small company that produces anatomical training models, The Perry Initiative was the perfect fit.
However, compared to other models, such as sawbones, cadaveric models have the closest resemblance to the native bony and soft tissue properties of a live specimen, and as such it represents the best model outside the clinical realm to test our hypothesis.
Hyde's countenance disfigures the doctor's otherwise dependable countenance: "every time he looked at my prisoner, I saw that Sawbones turned sick and white with the desire to kill him" (7).
Her consultant Mr Sawbones, aka Jeremy Hunt, is jubilant at the outcome of his long battle with the Treasury for his Save Our NHS plan.