Definition of sawbuck in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːbʌk/


North American
1A sawhorse.
Example sentences
  • I've been meaning to make a sawbuck for over a year.
2 informal A $10 note.
By association of the X-shaped ends of a sawhorse with the Roman numeral X (= 10)
Example sentences
  • She's a 9-year-old fashion junkie, and, on this particular Saturday, like most, she's been set loose in the mall with a sawbuck in her hot little hand.
  • She started out with ten dollars and after roughly 2 1/2 hours of playing time and lots of winning she had turned that sawbuck into $12,000.
  • I don't have an escrow account for taxes because my taxes are ruinously expensive, and I'd prefer to park the money someplace where it can produce a small brood of sawbucks.


Mid 19th century: from Dutch zaagbok, from zaag 'saw' + bok 'vaulting horse'.

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