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handsaw: saw managed with one hand 1H4 II. iv. 190 “my sword hacked like a ” ∥ In Ham. II. ii. 407 [397] “when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a ”*, usually explained as a corruption of ‘her(o)nsew’, ‘her(o)nshaw’, but dial. variants of such a type, e.g. ‘ha(h)nser’, ‘ha(h)nsey’, are recorded only from East Anglia: see HAWK sb. and the comm.
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.2
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