Definition of hacksaw in English:



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

    • ‘Using a handheld hacksaw, cut lengths of copper pipe.’
    • ‘I would never use this process on a super lightweight frame but found it preferable to trying to use the bare hacksaw blade method.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slide the vinyl seal out of the carrier before you cut the carrier with a fine-tooth hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To remove a screw with a damaged slot another slot can be cut with a hacksaw blade if the head is exposed enough.’
    • ‘For this you will need a hacksaw or a jigsaw with a hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘John shows three different styles of such hacksaws, double-nutted, single-nutted, and plain, which were available in several different sizes and lengths.’
    • ‘They gently attached the metal plughole to a vice before cutting Becky free with a hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘You may need a hacksaw to get these off if they are corroded.’
    • ‘The men had used a hacksaw blade to penetrate two high security fences, taking food and water for the desert trip.’
    • ‘He's wearing a belt with screwdrivers, drill bits, spanners, hacksaws and nails lodged in every pocket.’
    • ‘First, she removes the fabric covering from the frame and cuts off the curved handle with a hacksaw.’
    • ‘A hacksaw or metal cutting bandsaw is the tool to use here.’
    • ‘Better yet, why not take a hacksaw and rip it down?’
    • ‘Failing that, use a hacksaw or hammer and cold chisel to cut through it.’
    • ‘Cut out the damaged section of gutter using the hacksaw.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Cut (something) using a hacksaw.

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