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saw off

To use a saw to sever something (from something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "saw" and "off." I had to saw off the lower limbs of the tree to keep my young kids from climbing it. The doctors had to saw the patient's gangrenous arm off.
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sawed off

slang Very disgruntled, angry, or outraged. Sometimes hyphenated. John was pretty sawed off when he found out that someone else had been given the promotion instead of him. There's no point in getting sawed-off over a bad grade on your exam. Just study harder next time!
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see off

1. To accompany one to the place where they will be departing and wish them farewell. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "off." John offered to see me off to the train station, but I was so sad to leave that I preferred to go alone. I'm just going to see our guests off. I'll be back shortly.
2. In sports, to defeat one's opponent. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "off." Primarily heard in UK. Man United managed to see off Man City with a dramatic 3–2 victory. The young team is looking to see their rivals off in the semifinals.
3. To repel or fend off some attack or attacker. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "off." The king's soldiers were able to see off the invasion, though the castle's defenses were weakened dramatically as a result. Our superior military will be able to see the rebel forces off without difficulty.
See also: off, see
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

saw something off (of) something

 and saw something off
to cut something off something with a saw. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) He sawed the branch off of the tree. Sam sawed the dead branch off. Saw off another branch on the other side.
See also: off, saw
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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