• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Drawing-knife a knife with a handle at each end, used by coopers for shaving hoops by drawing it towards one
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A later form of Drag.


In literature:

She bends over him, she draws forth a knife, slender, tapering to a point almost like a needle.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
The Cheyenne, or "Cut-arm," by drawing the hand across the arm, to imitate cutting it with a knife.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
What would I have given to have been able at that moment to draw the blade of my knife across that rope!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
They say that his ugly grin when he draws a knife would frighten anybody!
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
A piece of old scythe blade with cloth wrapped around the ends will do, or a dull draw knife, either.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
The knife is stayed; each man draws his own.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Drawing therefore a long knife, or rather dagger, which he carried in a sheath in his belt, he dashed at the horseman.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
Instead of loading and firing again, Bunco threw down his gun, and, drawing a long knife, rushed in upon his victim.
"Lost in the Forest" by R.M. Ballantyne
Serves you right, Jose; you should never draw your knife upon an unarmed man.
"The Pirate Slaver" by Harry Collingwood
Jan proposed to kill him, and was drawing his knife for the purpose when we interfered.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
And Drew saw Croff swing from the saddle, draw his belt knife to cut the hoof from a dead horse.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
However, by three o'clock I had Eliza in the drawing-room, with a magazine and paper-knife by her side, as if she had been reading.
"Eliza" by Barry Pain
On seeing them, I dropped my horse; and, drawing my knife, ran eagerly forward.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
To draw his knife and pass it round the wrist of the Indian, so as to sever the tendons, was the work of a moment.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
There was a violent and desperate struggle, amid which Shears was aware that the man was making every effort to draw his knife.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
Draw a knife along the edges, and it will readily cleave off.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
He saw the madman draw a big knife.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Tim shook his head and enacted the pantomime of drawing and throwing a knife.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
And he sprang up, drawing his knife as if he had been twenty.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
With a curse Tom threw down the musket, and, drawing his knife, rushed forward to encounter the bear single handed.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. II, No. X., March 1851" by Various

In poetry:

Well, it is true he has no sword
To dangle at his booted knees.
He leans across a slab of board,
And draws his knife and slices cheese.
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Phinn to the drink put forth his hand;
Blood drawed his knife, with accent bland,
"I ax yer parding, Mister Phinn--
Jest drap that whisky-skin."
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay

In news:

Like someone's drawing a bead on me, sizing me up with a carving knife.
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