Definition of gimlet in English:

gimlet

Line breaks: gim¦let
Pronunciation: /ˈgɪmlɪt
 
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noun

  • 1A small T-shaped tool with a screw tip for boring holes.
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    • The three small lead weights, a long chalk line reel, and two ash handles thought to be gimlets (small boring tools) are the only objects associated with carpentry that were found in the chest.
    • After insertion to the shoulder, the gimlet would be unscrewed a few turns to allow the liquid to flow out, then screwed back into the barrel to stop the flow.
    • At a later date, a special steel gimlet was sometimes provided to penetrate the more modern tin cap in situ.
  • 2A cocktail of gin (or sometimes vodka) and lime juice.
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    • We sat at the bar, and the guy behind it knew April by name, and gave her the usual, a vodka gimlet.
    • The lawyer always drank three vodka gimlets on the way to Chicago and three scotch and sodas returning to New York.
    • I would especially recommend the mojito and the vodka gimlet - delicious!

Origin

Middle English: from Old French guimbelet, diminutive of guimble 'drill', ultimately of Germanic origin.

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