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paper knife

a small, often decorative, knifelike instrument with a blade of metal, ivory, wood, or the like, for slitting open envelopes, the leaves of books, folded papers, etc.
the blade of a paper cutter.
Origin of paper knife
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • John smiled, dropped his eyes, and began to turn his paper-knife about.

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • She sees on Mouzon's desk the dagger which he uses as a paper-knife.

  • "Bother these pencil games," said Dennis, taking an imaginary swing with a paper-knife.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Mr. Locket, grave now, worried with a paper-knife the crevice of a drawer.

  • The barrister took the fateful weapon, not more deadly than a paper-knife in appearance, and scrutinised it closely.

  • Wrayson handed her a paper-knife and she cut open the top of the envelope.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • What passed during the night was never exactly known, except that Guy attempted suicide by shooting, and with a paper-knife.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • The paper-knife generally ceased to do duty before the thirtieth page.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • He took up a paper-knife from the table, and began to bend it in his hands.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Aymer put the paper-knife down at last and looked at his charge.

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