Definition of dagger in English:

dagger

Line breaks: dag¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdagə
 
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noun

1A short knife with a pointed and edged blade, used as a weapon: he drew his dagger and stabbed the leader
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  • He stared at all the weapons, swords, daggers, bows and arrows; some were even made of gold.
  • Sharp weapons, including knives, daggers and spears, were seized from the 46 people.
  • He was helping the council pass out swords and daggers, weapons of every kind.
1.1 Printing another term for obelus.
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  • Confusingly, the word obelus was later used for the printer's character we often call a dagger, another symbol with a point.
  • A dagger above an indel symbol shows that the indel is not shared among the sequences at a given locus.
2A moth with a dark dagger-shaped marking on the forewing.
  • Genus Acronicta, family Noctuidae: several species

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps from obsolete dag 'pierce, stab', influenced by Old French dague 'long dagger'.

Phrases

be at daggers drawn

British (Of two people) be bitterly hostile towards each other: they have been at daggers drawn for weeks over tactics
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  • The parties to contested actions are often at daggers drawn, and the litigious process serves to exacerbate the hostility between them.
  • You know that two people are at daggers drawn when they make a direct statement claiming to be united.
  • The Hunting Bill is before the House of Lords, and the metropolitan middle classes and the rural population are at daggers drawn.

look (or glare) daggers at

Glare very angrily at: she flung the fork down, looking daggers at him
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  • She looks daggers at him, but continues her conversation with her sister, turning every few words to fix him with a steely glare.
  • What a sight, my dad standing there looking daggers at my mom, who was enjoying his moment of discomfort.
  • Then there's the floods and pestilences we've survived, and the famines, and so on, not to mention the other drivers on the roads these days, and the way some people keep looking daggers at you.

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