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paper cutter

noun
1.
any device for cutting or trimming paper, typically a weighted, powered, or spring-hinged blade mounted on or over a ruled board or table on which many sheets of paper may be aligned for cutting at one time.
Origin of paper cutter
1820-1830
1820-30
Related forms
paper-cutting, adjective
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  • After he had been back about two weeks, another machine came; it is the paper cutter.

  • The minister dropped his gaze and began fingering the paper cutter.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • I got only enough ivory to make one paper cutter, which is the one I gave your father for Christmas last year.

    Mr. Munchausen
     
    John Kendrick Bangs
  • The ink stand, the paper cutter, and the pens were all of ornamental design.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • She went a little away from him, picking up the paper cutter, but it lay idle in her hand.

  • He raised his paper cutter and jabbed at the desk with a massive petulance.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • Mrs. Rhett dropped the paper cutter, which clattered on the table and tumbled to the floor.

    Whispering Walls Mildred A. Wirt
  • Jefferson remained silent, nervously toying with a paper cutter.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein
  • The pupils of her eyes contracted for a second, she was annoyed with herself that she had left the paper cutter in the book.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • The fingers which slid a paper cutter beneath the flap were a trifle unsteady.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

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