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[pok-it-nahyf] /ˈpɒk ɪtˌnaɪf/
noun, plural pocketknives.
a knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle, suitable for carrying in the pocket.
Origin of pocketknife
1720-30; pocket + knife Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pocketknife
  • Then it took several agonizing minutes to cut the thick rope with a dull pocketknife.
  • But because his humble pocketknife lacked pliers, it soon failed him.
  • It wouldn't have dawned on any of us to cut off an arm with a pocketknife to extract ourselves from a thousand-pound boulder.
  • Aron realized that his survival required drastic action, so he amputated his arm below the elbow utilizing his pocketknife.
  • After the trade occurred, appellant asked for a pocketknife because the phosphorus did not smell strong enough.
British Dictionary definitions for pocketknife


noun (pl) -knives
a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle; penknife
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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