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butcher knife

a large, very sharp knife for cutting or trimming meat.
Origin of butcher knife
1705-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In one hand he carried a basket, while the other was clinched on a butcher-knife well fitted for dark and desperate deeds.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • "Well, I have," rejoined the other, turning his meat with the point of his butcher-knife.

    In the Old West George Frederick Ruxton
  • Well, what would you say to a man who chased his wife with a butcher-knife?

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • We next gave to each one of them a jack-knife; then to each one of the women a butcher-knife, for cutting up their seals.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Then Ah Sam, with a butcher-knife, cuts these pieces into strips just as wide as the can.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • Rosie thought it would be a little indelicate to come right out with butcher-knife.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • This is merely a cry from a Pen-knife, of course; but then it is sure to be heard by the butcher-knife.

  • He whipped out the butcher-knife which the Apache had flung at him and cropped off a lock of his hair.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • Their favorite was sure of success; and nearly all political contests were decided by "butcher-knife influence."

  • I always keep a butcher-knife near me but it was between the mattress and the feather bed and I couldn't get to it.

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