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butter knife

a small knife with a dull blade, for cutting, serving, or spreading butter.
Origin of butter knife
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "It's my practice to mix the bitter with the sweet," said the doctor, waving the butter-knife.

    Prudy Keeping House Sophie May
  • Always take butter with the butter-knife, and then do not forget to return that knife to the butter-plate.

  • My mother went to housekeeping with six teaspoons and a butter-knife, and thought herself rich.

    Fernley House Laura E. Richards
  • Set the butter on two plates, one on either side, with a butter-knife by each.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • Always make use of the butter-knife, sugar-spoon and salt-spoon, instead of using your knife, spoon or fingers.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • Use the butter-knife, salt-spoon, and sugar-tongs as scrupulously when alone, as if a room full of people were watching you.

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