Fret saw

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fret saw a saw with a long, narrow blade, used in cutting frets, scrolls, etc.; a scroll saw; a keyhole saw; a compass saw.
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Usage

In literature:

He only said, "You shall see," and again fumbling in his bag took out a tiny fret saw.
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
I saw his superiority then; but it fretted me, and I never could make a companion of him.
"The Heir of Redclyffe" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Well, King came in and wanted to know whether we'd done it with a fret-saw!
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
I couldn't bear to keep you waiting, and fretted myself into a fever when I saw what time it was.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
His father frequently saw Mr. Warwick, and said he was fretting himself to death.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
His surprise may be imagined then when he saw Fret Offut step from behind a huge boiler as he approached.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
I've been fuming and fretting since I saw your principal.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
Diane saw with a fretful flash of wonder that he was immaculate as usual.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Hanson fretted as he saw it sink into the shell, sure it would begin to melt the sky material.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
He saw I was fretting for you, and suggested that we should come to town and stay over the New Year at an hotel.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I never saw him so fretful, and so hot and ill. And he cries so dreadfully!
"The Settlers at Home" by Harriet Martineau
A few minutes afterwards he was at his accustomed amusement, making tortoise-shell ornaments with a fret-saw.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
The fret-saws may be bought in packets at an ironmonger's.
"Little Folks (November 1884)" by Various
The birds rose fretfully, perching near by, but the men saw nothing.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
It's our first really big bit of work with those fret saws.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
She was more fretful and unreasonable than I ever before saw her.
"A Song of a Single Note" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
These same friends of ours took up fret-sawing as a hobby.
"13 Days" by John Alan Lyde Caunter
Richard, who saw the girl was fretting, tried by every means in his power to cheer her.
"Heriot's Choice" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Fret-sawing of two or three veneers is, for a young amateur, much more difficult than marking out and dyeing a pattern.
"St. Nicholas Vol. XIII, September, 1886, No. 11" by Various
I could not help fretting when I saw her.
"Mollie's Prince" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

"Little cause had I for fretting,
None on earth to be regretting;
Till I saw thee, brave and kind;
And my heart undid my mind.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Yet still another man I saw, and he
I envied for a calm and tranquil mind
That nothing fretted in the least degree--
Until, alas! I found that he was blind.
"Plain Sermons" by James Whitcomb Riley
Six bulls I saw as black as jet,
With crimsoned horns and amber eyes
That chewed their cud without a fret,
And swished to brush away the flies,
Unwitting their soon sacrifice.
"The Bulls" by Robert W Service
And when the Khalifa saw his noble army cut down,
With rage and grief he did fret and frown;
Then he spurred his noble steed, and swiftly it ran,
While inwardly to himself he cried, "Catch me if you can!"
"The Battle of Omdurman" by William Topaz McGonagall
But his heart he saw, and he made a clutch
At the fungous puff-ball of sin:
Eaten with moths, and fretted with rust,
He grasped a handful of rotten dust,
And shrieked, as ghosts may, at the crumbling touch,
But hid it his breast within.
"For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also" by George MacDonald

In news:

With so much at stake in Detroit, the Giants saw no need Friday to fret over Doppler radar images, stiff winds or temperatures in the 40s.
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