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Pronunciation: /naɪf/

Translation of knife in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural knives)

  • cuchillo (masculine); (penknife) navaja (feminine), cortaplumas (masculine) or (feminine); (dagger) puñal (masculine) he can't use a knife and fork no sabe usar los cubiertos the Night of the Long Knives [History/Historia] la Noche de los Cuchillos Largos it cuts through steel like a knife through butter corta el acero como si fuera mantequilla the knives are out for him/her (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] se la tienen jurada to get one's knife into sb [colloquial/familiar] ensañarse con algn, atacar* a algn she's certainly got her knife into him no cabe duda de que se ha ensañado con él to turn o twist the knife (in the wound) hurgar* en la herida under the knife [Medicine/Medicina] en la mesa de operaciones the project came under the knife dieron el tijeretazo al proyecto you could have cut the air o atmosphere with a knife se respiraba la tensión en el ambiente knife fight pelea (feminine) con navajas ( or cuchillos etc)
    Example sentences
    • He studied the padded envelope for a moment, before pulling out a pocket knife and cutting into one of the ends.
    • Take your sharpest serrated bread knife and cut the stick in half across the middle.
    • Jake was carrying a sharp kitchen knife from his grandmother's house.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

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