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case knife

a knife carried or kept in a case or sheath.
a table knife.
Origin of case knife
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By and by he came down, smoking a cigarette, and was met by this woman flourishing her case-knife.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • While thus employed, he told me to feel in his coat-pocket for a case-knife.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She tapped it with a case-knife she held, when a stream of blood shot up through the glove.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • Dugard, blustering, laid his hand suddenly upon his case-knife.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • I lay so flat and close that had I been a case-knife I could not have been much thinner.

  • A case-knife is rather limited as to its power of revelation, however, and she soon laid them down.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
  • He would sit all day in the lane at the front gate pottering with a bit of twig or a case-knife in the soft clay.

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Then he flung the bow far from him, pulled out his case-knife, and cut all four violin strings, which snapped with a sharp twang.

  • You can thank your stars you haven't had a case-knife stuck in you before now.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
  • They always dig out with a case-knife—and not through dirt, mind you; generly it's through solid rock.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for case-knife

case knife

another name for sheath knife
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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