Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A physician, especially a surgeon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A surgeon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nickname for a surgeon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A surgeon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a physician who specializes in surgery

Etymologies

saw +‎ bones (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My regular sawbones is out of town, so I'm seeing someone new.

    I used to know how to feel better

  • The sawbones was a plump little cove with gooseberry eyes and trailing whiskers who prodded my injury and pronounced it ugly, but seemed to think I ought to be able to hobble.

    Watershed

  • 'I thought everybody know'd as a sawbones was a surgeon.'

    The Pickwick papers

  • ‘I thought everybody know’d as a sawbones was a surgeon.’

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • "sawbones"; for both the organ and the body are not only living, but they are still feverish and extremely sensitive; it is important to avoid too great irritation; inflammation of any kind would be dangerous.

    The Modern Regime, Volume 1

  • This, though, is a government which has the finesse of an 18th-century sawbones operating in the days before anaesthetic.

    George Osborne hopes spending cuts will boost growth, but what if they don't?

  • The sawbones backed away, along with the fans closest to the scene, and the cops handled Chase a lot less delicately than they would have otherwise.

    DIAMOND RUBY

  • The English Surgeon: Storyville10.45pm, BBC4The sawbones in question is Henry Marsh, a renowned British neurosurgeon.

    Tonight's TV highlights

  • The sawbones, meanwhile, has accumulated capital from his illicit breast implant business, but cannot -- legally -- obtain a house consistent with his means.

    Yoani Sanchez: Lack of a Housing Market Hides Vast Inequalities

  • For a sawbones he was a most complete little bandolero, I'll say that for him, but what he said gave me the blue fits straight off.

    Fiancée

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