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chipmunk
 v.— «A cheap way to reduce the number of teeth, without buying a new saw, is to “chipmunk” an existing saw, i.e., set it up so that only every other tooth cuts.» —by Daniel Parrent Alaska Wood Products Bulletin (Sitka, Alaska) Spring, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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