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hunting knife

a large, sharp knife, usually with a handle shaped to fit a firm grip and a blade with a slight curve toward the tip, that is used to skin and cut up game, or sometimes to dispatch it.
Origin of hunting knife
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This was Peck's opportunity, and with a slash of the hunting-knife he released his hands.

    Boys of The Fort Ralph Bonehill
  • It is hardly necessary to say that each carried his rifle and his hunting-knife.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • As he did so, he drove his hunting-knife with all his force into the wolf's side.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
  • With my hunting-knife I at once put an end to its sufferings.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • With a heart-racking burst of energy he sprang to the defence, and as he ran he drew his hunting-knife.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • I had a hunting-knife made of it which will last a hundred years yet.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • The Master's hunting-knife caught him squarely behind the left fore-leg.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • I think I must trouble you for your pistol and hunting-knife.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • Rotthals slid a hunting-knife up his wrist, and stepped back from the board.

  • He was about to kill me with Patsy's hunting-knife when—when—when I shot him.

British Dictionary definitions for hunting-knife

hunting knife

a knife used for flaying and cutting up game and sometimes for killing it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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