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knife British & World English

An instrument composed of a blade fixed into a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon

bread knife British & World English

A long knife with a serrated edge, for slicing bread

case knife British & World English

A type of dagger carried in a sheath

craft knife British & World English

Another term for utility knife.

clasp knife British & World English

A knife with a blade that folds into the handle

fish knife British & World English

A blunt knife with a broad blade for eating or serving fish

flick knife British & World English

A knife with a blade that springs out from the handle when a button is pressed

steak knife British & World English

A knife with a serrated blade for use when eating steak

table knife British & World English

A knife used at meals, especially for eating the main course

knife block British & World English

A block of wood or other solid material, containing long hollow grooves in which kitchen knives can be inserted up to the handle

knife-edge British & World English

The edge of a knife

knife pleat British & World English

A sharp, narrow pleat on a skirt, typically one of many folded in the same direction and overlapping each other

knife rest British & World English

A metal or glass support for a carving knife or carving fork at table

Barlow knife British & World English

A large single-bladed pocketknife

butcher knife British & World English

A large, broad-bladed knife used for cutting meat

butter knife British & World English

A knife whose blade has a blunt, rounded end, used for spreading butter

carving knife British & World English

A knife with a long blade used for carving cooked meat into slices

paring knife British & World English

A small knife used mainly for peeling fruits and vegetables

palette knife British & World English

A thin steel blade with a handle for mixing colours or applying or removing paint

pruning knife British & World English

A knife specifically designed for pruning, typically having a sharp, slightly curved blade and a hooked end

sheath knife British & World English

A short knife similar to a dagger, carried in a sheath

Stanley knife British & World English

A utility knife with a short, strong replaceable blade

utility knife British & World English

A knife with a small sharp blade, often retractable, designed to cut wood, cardboard, and other materials

knife grinder British & World English

A person who sharpens knives and other cutting tools

butterfly knife British & World English

A long, broad knife used in pairs in some forms of kung fu

commando knife British & World English

A long, slender knife suitable for hand-to-hand combat

X-acto knife British & World English

A utility knife with a very sharp replaceable blade

knife-throwing British & World English

A circus act or other entertainment in which knives are thrown at a target

Swiss army knife British & World English

A penknife incorporating several blades and other tools such as scissors and screwdrivers

twist the knife British & World English

Deliberately make someone’s sufferings worse

before you can say knife British & World English

Very quickly; almost instantaneously

get the knife into someone British & World English

Be malicious or vindictive towards someone

like a knife through butter British & World English

Very easily; without any resistance or difficulty

twist the knife in knife British & World English

Deliberately make someone’s sufferings worse

that one could cut with a knife British & World English

(Of an atmosphere) very tense or oppressive

knifeman British & World English

A man who uses a knife to commit a crime

get the knife into someone in knife British & World English

Be malicious or vindictive towards someone

penknife British & World English

A small knife with a blade which folds into the handle

jackknife British & World English

A large knife with a folding blade

knifepoint British & World English

While threatening someone or being threatened with a knife

before you can say knife in knife British & World English

Very quickly; almost instantaneously

bowie British & World English

A long knife with a blade that is double-edged at the point

bowie knife in bowie British & World English

A long knife with a blade that is double-edged at the point

paperknife British & World English

A blunt knife used for cutting paper, such as when opening envelopes or slitting the uncut pages of books


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