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Definition of "sawed-off" [sawed-off]

  • Having one end sawed off: a sawed-off shotgun. (adjective)
  • Slang Short; runty. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sawed-off" in a sentence
  • "Like the monster in the horror movies, you can lock all the doors, barricade all the windows, grab a sawed-off shotgun and hide in the basement."
  • "Not the saccharine Disney versions, but the unexpurgated Grimms, with their sawed-off heels and lopped-off heads and altogether dark and nasty vision."
  • "In the case of federal laws, since a 1939 case involving sawed-off shotguns, United States v. Miller, the courts have held that the Second Amendment only confers a collective right to keep and bear arms, which must have a "reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.""
Words like "sawed-off"
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long-barreled
long-barrelled
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single-barrel
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