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sawn-off Line breaks: sawn-off
(North American sawed-off)

Definition of sawn-off in English:


1(Of a gun) having a specially shortened barrel to make handling easier and to give a wider field of fire.
Example sentences
  • The door to the apartment was barricaded from inside and when Gardai moved in, two shots were fired with a sawn-off shotgun at close range, injuring two Gardai.
  • In both movie and book, the murder is committed by a killer armed with what appears to have been a sawed-off shotgun.
  • At that point I felt for sure I was looking down the barrel of a sawn-off shotgun.
1.1 informal (Of an item of clothing) having been cut short: sawn-off pale pink jeans
More example sentences
  • A good hour before the fun's due to start and already the place is filling up with punks, teds, skins, student kids, moshers, grizzled old men in sawn-off T-shirts and a horde of beered-up lads baying for blood.
1.2US informal (Of a person) short: my visitor was a sawed-off little fella


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A sawn-off shotgun: he was hauling a sawn-off over his shoulder
More example sentences
  • There were fifteen automatic weapons, twenty semi-automatics, thirty-six shotguns, two sawn-offs, one hundred magazines of one hundred bullets, five pistols with two hundred clips and forty grenades.
  • Inside the house, I expected a typical wealthy Essex businessman's abode: crossed sawn-offs over a granite mantel, widescreen TVs in every tennis court, more fake marble than you could shake a building society branch at.
  • Times have changed a little from when you could sort this sort of stuff out with a sawn-off.
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