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[brad-awl] /ˈbrædˌɔl/
noun, Carpentry.
an awl for making small holes in wood for brads.
Origin of bradawl
1815-25; brad + awl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The bone is easily penetrated by a bradawl, and if an attempt is made to apply plates, the screws fail to bite.

  • He waved his hand deprecatingly, the bradawl used for his work in it.

    The Purple Land W. H. Hudson
  • It is a bradawl, and its handle bears the name of Grandidier, which is that of a man who keeps some well-known metal works.

  • Holes can be made in the centre with a bradawl and enlarged with a round file.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • Around the cell are a number of small holes, looking as if they had been bored with a bradawl.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • Care must be taken to bore for the nails with a bradawl, as nothing looks worse than splits in the work.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • Mr bradawl had a pretty tough job of it, for the oak was hard.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Very small rockets, 2⁄8, are made for children; they are rammed solid, and a hole is pushed up them with a bradawl.

  • Through the balancing point G a bradawl is stuck, and on that as pivot the whole readily revolves.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • The body wire (having no loops) can be pushed in at the head through a hole previously made with a bradawl.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
British Dictionary definitions for bradawl


an awl used to pierce wood, leather, or other materials for the insertion of brads, screws, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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