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shiv

[shiv] /ʃɪv/
noun, Slang.
1.
a knife, especially a switchblade.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; perhaps alteration of chiv blade < Romany
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British Dictionary definitions for shivs

shiv

/ʃɪv/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of chiv
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Word Origin and History for shivs

shiv

n.

"a razor," 1915, variant of chive, thieves' cant word for "knife" (1670s), of unknown origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shivs

shiv

noun
  1. A knife, esp a clasp knife or similar weapon: She gets this anonymous letter sticking the shiv in my back/ The big knife called the chib
  2. A razor; anything with a sharp cutting edge
verb

: being shivved by Johnny Mizzoo

[1912+; fr Romany chiv, ''blade,'' by way of British underworld slang]


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