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clasp knife

noun
1.
a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle.
Origin of clasp knife
1745-1755
1745-55
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  • Yes, it was a man dying with a wound in his breast, made from a clasp-knife, which still stuck in it.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • He flourished his clasp-knife and bent and cut the lashings.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I gave them a clasp-knife and two young pups of a good breed for killing kangaroos.

  • If so, out came the clasp-knife, and there was no more koshma for that night.

  • He let the fainting boy slide down on deck, whipped out a clasp-knife, snicked open the blade.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • "If Tom Kidd goes 'e'll shut up like a clasp-knife," said Lew.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • He pulled out his own clasp-knife, and brandished it in her face.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • With a clasp-knife he was cutting the leather in a spiral, paring off a thin lace.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • He was sitting on a rocky bench, and at his feet lay a rough hunch of bread and meat and a clasp-knife.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • All right, my clasp-knife was there, and rising cautiously I stopped to think.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for clasp-knife

clasp knife

noun
1.
a large knife with one or more blades or other devices folding into the handle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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