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Definition of awl in English:


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A small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.
Example sentences
  • Start your screw hole with an awl by tapping gently with a hammer or a soft-face mallet.
  • The awl cuts a tidy hole in the leather that will close up tight around the thread as it is sewn, leaving a watertight stitch.
  • Once the cabinets are marked lightly in pencil, use an awl or a center punch to create an indentation at the desired spot.


Old English æl, of Germanic origin; related to German Ahle.

Words that rhyme with awl

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