sawbuck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sawbuck a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sawbuck A sawhorse.
    • Sawbuck a ten-dollar bill; also, double sawbuck, a twenty-dollar bill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sawbuck Same as sawhorse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Colloq., from the Roman X for ten, like the support of a sawbuck,

Usage

In literature:

Of pack-saddles the ordinary sawbuck tree is by all odds the best, provided it fits.
"The Mountains" by Stewart Edward White
Behind walls of corded wood in back yards their sawbucks stood in depressions scattered with canary-yellow flakes of sawdust.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
We skirmished around and found a condemned army pack saddle with aparejos, and a sawbuck saddle with kyacks.
"Arizona Nights" by Stewart Edward White
And she was still sitting as she had fallen when Jim, the Indian, came for the sawbuck.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
The sawbuck followed it, the cinch flying high so that it should go clear.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
They drove a pack-horse, their supplies loaded on a sawbuck saddle with kyacks.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
But if you'll come along and make any affidavits that we may need, I'll give you a sawbuck.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
The device is in shape much like an old-fashioned "sawbuck," with the lower rounds between the legs omitted.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
This here one is all right fer yer man, but that old sawbuck won't do fer ye.
"The Dual Alliance" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
She used his sawbuck for a seat, and sat with one booted ankle resting on a knee, idly spinning the rowel of her spur as she talked.
"The Heritage of the Hills" by Arthur P. Hankins
Not one has been killed this side of Sawbuck Mountain for years and years.
"Winter Fun" by William O. Stoddard
Ten dollars to the cabby did it, and he earned his sawbuck.
"Frank Merriwell's New Comedian" by Burt L. Standish
One end up they are chairs and turned over they are sawbucks.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
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In news:

Danny Liceaga was charged with felonious assault Monday in Holland District Court, following a stabbing outside Sawbucks Bar at Century Lanes early Sunday.
Want to strain your back for a sawbuck.
Ole Zim's Wagon Shed is hosting a square dance with local band Sawbuck calling the squares Friday.
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