Definition of awl in English:

awl

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Pronunciation: /ɔːl
 
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noun

  • A small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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