Definition of hacksaw in US English:

hacksaw

noun

  • A saw with a narrow fine-toothed blade set in a frame, used especially for cutting metal.

    • ‘You may need a hacksaw to get these off if they are corroded.’
    • ‘Hundreds of civilians helped in the search, using hacksaws to cut away metal sheeting trapping survivors and ropes to pull bodies from the wreckage, witnesses said.’
    • ‘That means cutting in from the opposite side to meet your cut rather than going all the way through in one direction, which can delaminate the outer carbon layer where the hacksaw comes through.’
    • ‘He's wearing a belt with screwdrivers, drill bits, spanners, hacksaws and nails lodged in every pocket.’
    • ‘John shows three different styles of such hacksaws, double-nutted, single-nutted, and plain, which were available in several different sizes and lengths.’
    • ‘Better yet, why not take a hacksaw and rip it down?’
    • ‘Using a handheld hacksaw, cut lengths of copper pipe.’
    • ‘They gently attached the metal plughole to a vice before cutting Becky free with a hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘Slide the vinyl seal out of the carrier before you cut the carrier with a fine-tooth hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘To remove a screw with a damaged slot another slot can be cut with a hacksaw blade if the head is exposed enough.’
    • ‘First, she removes the fabric covering from the frame and cuts off the curved handle with a hacksaw.’
    • ‘The men had used a hacksaw blade to penetrate two high security fences, taking food and water for the desert trip.’
    • ‘It should include five essential items, a hammer and screwdriver, crucial for many fixes, a knife for delicate cutting, a hacksaw for bigger cuts, and a roll of measuring tape to ensure your fixes are precise.’
    • ‘For this you will need a hacksaw or a jigsaw with a hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘Cut out the damaged section of gutter using the hacksaw.’
    • ‘I would never use this process on a super lightweight frame but found it preferable to trying to use the bare hacksaw blade method.’
    • ‘A hacksaw or metal cutting bandsaw is the tool to use here.’
    • ‘The exception would be the use of a hacksaw with a fine toothed blade to cut it to length and a metal file to smooth out the roughness.’
    • ‘The gunsmith would take a hacksaw and slice the front end off an old military slide, cut part of the front end off the customer's slide, square both pieces in the mill and then join the two with a good gas weld.’
    • ‘Failing that, use a hacksaw or hammer and cold chisel to cut through it.’

verbhacksawn, hacksawed

[with object]
  • Cut (something) using a hacksaw.

    • ‘Having hacksawed the cross members off we had easy access and a clear exit route.’
    • ‘Today we'll learn how to hacksaw walnuts into decorative napkin rings.’
    • ‘Heck, I've even had mates hacksaw the locks off their bikes without anyone calling them on it.’
    • ‘If some of it is sticking up you can hacksaw a slot into it and turn it with a screwdriver’
    • ‘If there is enough sticking out to unscrew it with a pair of pliers or to hacksaw a slot in it and unscrew it with a screwdriver, then do that.’

Pronunciation

hacksaw

/ˈhakˌsô//ˈhækˌsɔ/