a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft with a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other.
a cocktail made with gin or vodka, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes soda water.
verb (used with object)
to pierce with or as if with a gimlet.
Also, gimblet [gim-blit] . Nautical. to rotate (a suspended anchor) to a desired position.
able to penetrate or bore through.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French guimbelet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wimmel wimble

gimlety, adjective Unabridged
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gimlet (ˈɡɪmlɪt)
1.  a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
2.  (US) a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
3.  a eucalyptus of W Australia having a twisted bole
4.  (tr) to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet
5.  penetrating; piercing (esp in the phrase gimlet-eyed)
[C15: from Old French guimbelet, of Germanic origin, see wimble]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from Anglo-Fr. guimbelet, perhaps from M.Du. wimmelkijn, dim. of wimmel "auger, drill." The meaning "cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice" is first attested 1928, presumably from its "penetrating" effects on the drinker.
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Example sentences
Up to half of these gimlet-eyed workers will have given their services free.
If not, the disk is wiped and sent back to work, but a gimlet eye is kept on it by tracking databases.
And corporate pr must be given an extra dry gimlet eye.
But there is current science television that would seem to garner your interest, comment and gimlet eye as well.
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