sawed-off

a) Shortened by sawing.

The sawed-off shotgun was illegal because its shorter barrel made it too easy to conceal.

b) Short (as though something that should be there isnt).

He was a sawed-off runt, just a little guy, but he packed so much attitude into that little package that no one was going to make anything about it.


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  • sawed-off — [sôd′ôf΄] adj. ☆ 1. designating a shotgun with the barrel cut off short ☆ 2. Informal short in stature [a skinny, sawed off man] …   English World dictionary

  • sawed-off — sawed′ off′ adj. 1) cut off at the end, as a shotgun 2) sts Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature • Etymology: 1865–70, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • sawed-off — adjective 1. well below average height • Syn: ↑pint size, ↑pint sized, ↑runty, ↑sawn off • Similar to: ↑short, ↑little • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sawed-off — mod. short of stature. □ Mike is sawed off. □ Tom called Mike a sawed off little runt. □ Well, Mike is a sawed off runt, isn’t he? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • sawed-off — {adj.}, {informal} Shorter than usual; small of its kind. * /The riot police carried sawed off shotguns./ * /Jimmy was a sawed off, skinny runt./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sawed-off — adjective Date: 1869 1. having an end sawed off < a sawed off shotgun > 2. of less than average height …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sawed-off — adj informal Shorter than usual; small of its kind. The riot police carried sawed off shotguns. Jimmy was a sawed off, skinny runt …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sawed-off — /sawd awf , of /, adj. 1. sawed off at the end, as a shotgun or broomstick. 2. Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • sawed-off — adj. Sawed off is used with these nouns: ↑shotgun …   Collocations dictionary

  • sawed-off — adjective &noun North American term for sawn off …   English new terms dictionary

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