I run on this : "You think maybe I am just sawing out a tune, when I say this" it was mentioned in the context of heavy criticism. Somebody know meaning?
Some additional context would help but with just what you have given I would take it to mean that the person being criticized isn't taking it seriously and the speaker is trying to impress upon said person that he is very serious indeed in his criticism.
thank you a lot, it fits. a phrase used figuratively to mean exaggerating or overstating something. So you think I am exxagerating, but I am not.
very nice from you. Jana
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It's not a standard or common phrase.

If you just said to me,
eg 'Yesterday in our discussion, Tom was sawing out a tune', I would have no idea of your meaning.

janajYou think maybe I am just sawing out a tune, when I say this
Because the motion of drawing a bow across strings is similar to sawing a piece of wood, "sawing out a tune" could be a reference to "playing a violin". Playing a violin is often used as a metaphor for complaining or whining, possibly because solo violin music often accompanied sad scenes in silent films. (A particular favorite in this respect was "Hearts and Flowers".) So when people complain too much in the vein of "Oh poor me", one of their friends may pretend to play a violin in response, maybe even humming the "Hearts and Flowers" tune.

So the quoted passage may mean, "You may think that I am just making a petty complaint when I say this".

Or it may not. People frequently come out with all sorts of mixed metaphors that are impossible to decipher.


thank you very much for your help, I think it fits also, when somebody complain too much he also exaggerating it some way
or overstated, so when somebody complain to somebody else about how harsh it was for him and says also " You think I am sawing out a tune, but I am not ...because I have a real reson.
I like very much your mesage because it gave me more reality.
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Thank for your message, I have just now one and it really mean something overstated by complaing way.
I have run across exactly the same quote. And I found a definition in the Collins English Dictionary online -- American English. It says:
  1. to operate or produce with a to-and-fro motion suggestive of that used in working a saw⇒ to saw a knife through meat, to saw a tune on a fiddle.
So there you go!

I have heard that phrase one time and he used it to mean to exaggerate or overemphasize. I don't know if that fits but I hope this helps!

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