Definition of top-sawyer in English:

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1chiefly historical A sawyer holding the upper handle of a pit saw and standing in the upper position above the saw pit.
Example sentences
  • The top-sawyer, standing on a tall sawhorse here, was required to pull the saw up and direct it carefully.
  • Every street was a sawpit, and there were no top-sawyers; every passenger was an under-sawyer, with the sawdust blinding him and choking him.
1.1 archaic A distinguished person.
Example sentences
  • These are top-sawyers with more than 10 years work experience in the field of metrology.
  • There are some grinders who have superior opera instruments, and who are reg'ler top-sawyers of the purfession.
  • See-saw is the fashion of England always; and the Whigs will soon be the top-sawyers.

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