saw off

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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.
See also: off, saw

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.
See also: off, saw
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THIEVES took two wooden figures from a listed park lodge after sawing them off the side of the building.
Thieves were spotted by youngsters from the Salvation Army children's home loading the 10ft square barriers into a transit van after sawing them off at the hinges.