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trench knife

a short knife for stabbing, sometimes equipped with brass knuckles as a guard, used in modern warfare in hand-to-hand combat.
Origin of trench knife
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then with a veritable French trench-knife Madame cut the potatoes into long strips.

    Modern Essays John Macy
British Dictionary definitions for trench-knife

trench knife

a double-edged steel knife, often with a guard in the form of a knuckle-duster, designed for close combat
Word Origin
C20: so called because such knives were carried by patrols in the Trenches during World War I
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