• WordNet 3.6
    • n handsaw a saw used with one hand for cutting wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Handsaw A saw used with one hand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handsaw A saw to be used with the hand. Also called arm-saw.
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Know a hawk from a handsaw - If someone knows a hawk from a handsaw, they are able to distinguish things and assess them.


In literature:

Work was difficult with a handsaw in the heat of the swamp.
"Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter
Jed stared dreamily at the adjusting screw on the handsaw.
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
He reminded me in and out of Horace Greeley, although they looked no more alike than a hawk and a handsaw.
"Eben Holden" by Irving Bacheller
I know a hawk from a handsaw, or my name's not William Shakespeare.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
For blooming Chia, Cupid has a feeling more than brotherly; He knows a handsaw from a hawk whenever winds are southerly.
"Echoes from the Sabine Farm" by Roswell Martin Field and Eugene Field
In my opinion he was so scairt he couldn't 'a' told a hennock from a handsaw anyway.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
But they had a razor, a handsaw and a bar of iron.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
You are fined another half-crown, sir, for the handsaw.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The razor was often fabricated from a worn-out hoop, notched like a handsaw.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Let the wind blow as it may, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
He knows not a Hawk from a Handsaw.
"The Stolen Heiress" by Susanna Centlivre
I know a hawk from a handsaw if I was born and bred in the backwoods.
"The Camp Fire Girls on the Open Road" by Hildegard G. Frey
Next to handsaws and files, they attached the greatest value to knives and large needles.
"In the Arctic Seas" by Francis Leopold McClintock
Definiteness and finality are as difficult of attainment as to tell a hawk from a handsaw when the wind is northerly.
"The Unpopular Review, Number 19" by Various

In poetry:

Which came first, the egg or the rooster?
P.G.Wodehouse or Bertram Wooster?
I know hawk from handsaw, and Finn from Fiji,
But I can't disentangle Bertram from PG.
"PG Wooster, Just as he Useter" by Ogden Nash
For blooming Chia, Cupid has a feeling more than brotherly;
He knows a handsaw from a hawk whenever winds are southerly.
He pats her pretty cheeks, but looks on you as a monstrosity;
Your wrinkles and your yellow teeth excite his animosity.
"An Appeal To Lyce" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Here, I'll share my own method for cutting through dovetails (which are easier to cut than half- or full-blind dovetails ) with a handsaw and a chisel.
IRWIN'S Universal Handsaw provides the speed of a coarse-cutting saw and the finish of a fine-cutting saw, according to the company.
It cuts three times faster than traditional tooth handsaws and delivers unparalleled performance that woodworkers will appreciate.
Fundamentals of Sharpening offers solid, straightforward advice on sharpening the most commonly used hand tools, from handsaws , chisels and gouges to bench planes, scrapers, and bits for braces and hand drills.
Not all handsaws are identical.
Man airlifted after handsaw accident severs fingers.
Unplug the machines, relax and get ready for a good time with one of the oldest woodworking tools around: the handsaw.
Handsaw, clamp, layout square, adjustable wrench or socket and ratchet Skills Measuring and cutting, checking for level and plumb washer and turn a nut onto each bolt.
Your great-uncle left you a century-old handsaw.