Definition of sawbuck in English:



North American
  • 1A sawhorse.

    • ‘I've been meaning to make a sawbuck for over a year.’
  • 2informal A $10 note.

    • ‘People, we are talking about a couple of sawbucks here.’
    • ‘She started out with ten dollars and after roughly 2 1/2 hours of playing time and lots of winning she had turned that sawbuck into $12,000.’
    • ‘A few months ago, I heard a regular at the local coffee shop say, ‘Pretty soon, you'll need a sawbuck to get coffee here.’’
    • ‘She's a 9-year-old fashion junkie, and, on this particular Saturday, like most, she's been set loose in the mall with a sawbuck in her hot little hand.’
    • ‘So, for a sawbuck, you can add this to your collection.’
    • ‘Moreover, I needed a new venue that was only a short walk from a restaurant where you could get a sandwich and a soda and change from a sawbuck.’
    • ‘People paid the roofers a sawbuck to pull it down, as long as they were up there.’
    • ‘First stop: the laughably expensive soap store, where one bar of brick-hard soap goes for a sawbuck.’
    • ‘You donated a whole sawbuck to a cancer charity when they raffled off that car.’
    • ‘I don't have an escrow account for taxes because my taxes are ruinously expensive, and I'd prefer to park the money someplace where it can produce a small brood of sawbucks.’
    • ‘He won't talk about the only thing that appears to have mattered: sawbucks.’
    • ‘Because of a desperate economics that I won't try to grapple with here, New York theater is gradually narrowing itself to two sorts of entertainment: the million-dollar musical and the sawbuck monologue.’
    • ‘Owen's drinks come at a cost - a sawbuck each, or whatever the chilling refreshment is worth to the thirsty customers seeking taste options for their palettes.’
    • ‘She is a sad, lonely career girl whose financial precariousness makes her a highly suggestible young lady who will clearly do almost anything for a sawbuck.’


Mid 19th century: from Dutch zaagbok, from zaag ‘saw’ + bok ‘vaulting horse’.