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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!
See also: off, saw

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.
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Newton won the Wirral Senior Cup, beating Ashville, Ashville Reserves saw off Ellesmere Port Town Reserves in the Wirral Amateur Cup and Upton AA beat Blacon Youth Club in the Cheshire Senior Cup.
They beat Morpeth Town Seniors 5-1 and then saw off North Shields Athletic Reserves 3-2.
Nant previously saw off Marple (5-0), Colwyn Bay (25-0) and Llandudno (50-0) in the group stages.
After beating Liverpool last night, Arsenal will be at home to the Reds' big Merseyside rivals Everton, who saw off Swansea yesterday, while Sheffield United, who overcame Nottingham Forest 3-1, could meet steel city rivals Sheffield Wednesday if Wednesday win their re-arranged tie against Charlton.
Rednall has already pipped Merrien once this week - she and partner Andy Thomson saw off Merrien and Alex Marshall in the mixed pairs.
In an all-Huws Gray Alliance clash, Llanidloes Town saw off Llandudno 2-0.
Williams ousted defending champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets yesterday, while Azarenka saw off Tamira Paszek, Kerber outlasted compatriot Sabine Lisicki and Radwanska saw off Maria Kirilenko.
Woodbourne "B" saw off Hockley Heath "B" by 10 shots with Richard Goodyear 21-7, the big card.
The defender, 30, saw off reigning champion Adam Guest 89-55 to move into the champions chair and ensure the show's famous teapot trophy will take pride of place among the Turf Moor silverware.
There was a big win for Longford too in 3C as they saw off Warwickshire 2-18 to 0-6.
It was just as tight for Leinster, who saw off Connacht 1-15 to 2-9.
After goals from Sergei Rebrov and Simon Davies (above) saw off Jean Tigana's side, who could only manage a Barry Hayles effort at Craven Cottage, Glenn Hoddle's side were drawn at home to Bolton.
Saw off one trunk at its base, and nothing falls over.
Civil Service Strollers saw off Peebles Rovers 2-0, Stirling Uni routed Ormiston 5-1, East Kilbride beat Gretna 6-1, Vale of Leithen went down 2-1 to Heriot-Watt Uni, while Preston Athletic saw off Burntisland Shipyard 3-2.
EA Sports Cup round-up PAT FENLON gave youth a chance as SHAMROCK ROVERS saw off First Division ATHLONE TOWN to cruise into the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup at Tallaght last night.
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