knife


knife
knife1 W3S3 [naıf] n plural knives [naıvz]
flipper, ↑knife, ↑tank, ↑wetsuit
[: Old English; Origin: cnif]
1.) a metal blade fixed into a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon
→↑scalpel
a knife and fork
Some young people are carrying knives to defend themselves.
a kitchen knife
Use a sharp knife to cut the melon into sections.
2.) the knives are out (for sb) informal used to say that people are being extremely unfriendly in criticizing someone
The knives are out for the vice president.
3.) twist/turn the knife (in the wound)
to say something that makes someone more upset about a subject they are already unhappy about
4.) stick/put etc the knife in/into someone
BrE informal to dislike someone and be very unfriendly towards them
5.) under the knife informal
having a medical operation
6.) you could cut the atmosphere/air/tension with a knife
used to say that you felt the people in a room were angry with each other
7.) like a (hot) knife through butter informal
used to say that something happens or is done very easily, without any problems
knife 2
knife2 v [T ]
to put a knife into someone's body
= ↑stab
She had been knifed to death .
>knifing n

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Knife — (n[imac]f), n.; pl. {Knives} (n[imac]vz). [OE. knif, AS. cn[=i]f; akin to D. knijf, Icel. kn[=i]fr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.] 1. An instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened to a handle, but …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knife — ► NOUN (pl. knives) 1) a cutting instrument consisting of a blade fixed into a handle. 2) a cutting blade on a machine. ► VERB 1) stab with a knife. 2) cut like a knife. ● at knifepoint …   English terms dictionary

  • Knife — Knife, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knifed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knifing}.] 1. (Hort.) To prune with the knife. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut or stab with a knife. [Low] [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: To stab in the back; to try to defeat by underhand means, esp. in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knife — knife; knife·ful; knife·less; knife·man; …   English syllables

  • knife — [nīf] n. pl. knives [ME knif < OE cnif, akin to Ger kneif, ON knīfr < IE * gneibh (> Lith gnaibis, a pinching): for base see KNEAD] 1. a cutting or stabbing instrument with a sharp blade, single edged or double edged, set in a handle 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • knife — [n] cutting tool bayonet, blade, bolo, cutlass, cutter, cutting edge, dagger, edge, lance, lancet, machete, point, ripper, sabre, scalpel, scimitar, scythe, shank, shiv, sickle, skewer, skiver, steel, stiletto, switchblade, sword, tickler;… …   New thesaurus

  • knife — index lancinate, pierce (lance) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • knife — The plural form of the noun is knives, but the inflected forms of the verb are knifes, knifed, knifing …   Modern English usage

  • Knife — A knife is a handheld sharp edged instrument consisting of handle attached to a blade used for cutting. The knife is a tool that can be used as a weapon. Its origins date as far back as two and a half million years ago, as evidenced by the… …   Wikipedia

  • knife — noun 1 tool for cutting ADJECTIVE ▪ blunt, dull (esp. AmE) ▪ sharp ▪ serrated ▪ long ▪ small …   Collocations dictionary

  • knife — [[t]na͟ɪf[/t]] ♦♦♦ knives, knifes, knifing, knifed (knives is the plural form of the noun and knifes is the third person singular of the present tense of the verb.) 1) N COUNT A knife is a tool for cutting or a weapon and consists of a flat piece …   English dictionary


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