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saw 1

Any of various tools, either hand-operated or power-driven, having a thin metal blade or disk with a sharp, usually toothed edge, used for cutting wood, metal, or other hard materials.
v. sawed, sawed or sawn (sôn), saw·ing, saws
1. To cut or divide with a saw.
2. To produce or shape with a saw: sawed a hole in the board.
3. To make back-and-forth motions through or on: a speaker who saws the air with his arms.
1. To use a saw: sawing along the chalk line.
2. To undergo cutting with a saw: Pine wood saws easily.

[Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, saw; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

saw′er n.

saw 2

A familiar saying, especially one that has become trite through repetition. See Synonyms at saying.

[Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, speech; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

saw 3

Past tense of see1.
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Sawer's examination is half history and half polemic.
Other medal winners were: Sammy Jackson, 1st modern, 3rd character; Annabelle Shaw, 3rd ballet; Lucy Midgley, 3rd ballet; Ellamae Rushworth, 2nd song and dance; Maisie Beaumont 4th ballet, 4th tap; Sheila Conroy and Olivia Lawler McDonald, 2nd classical duets; Ellamae Rushworth, Millie Sawer and Carrie Divinyz, 3rd classical trios.
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Rob Sawer spent five weeks watching a family of the fascinating birds at the River Alde in Suffolk.
Chaudhry Muhammad Sawer stressed that the role of women is very important for economic development of the country.
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All of the new wind farms were installed in those four countries, Sawer added.
Marian Sawer, Making Women Count: A History of the Women's Electoral Lobby in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2009.
Marian Sawer, Making Women Count: a history of the Women's Electoral Lobby in Australia, University of NSW Press, Sydney, 2008, xvi + 317 pages; ISBN 978 086840 943 6.
Sawer (chair, Research Committee on Gender, Politics and Policy of the International Political Science Association), Tremblay (political science, U.