Knife-grinder

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knife-grinder one who grinds or sharpens knives
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cníf: Ger. kneif, knife, kneifen, to nip.

Usage

In literature:

A blind man's dog, or the companion of a knife-grinder, is comparatively elevated.
"Urban Sketches" by Bret Harte
Needy knife-grinder in the Tribune at Florence.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He was a traveling knife-grinder, he explained, and had received the letter from a man on the road whose horse had gone lame.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
I confess that I can never genuinely pity a knife-grinder, however needy.
"Prose Fancies (Second Series)" by Richard Le Gallienne
The knife-grinder and Jew flute-player in the plate just mentioned, may serve as instances instead of a thousand.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
In these matters, its conductor had to say, with Canning's knife-grinder: 'Story!
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 424, New Series, February 14, 1852" by Various
THE FRIEND OF HUMANITY AND THE KNIFE-GRINDER.
"English Satires" by Various
To resume my story (which is very like that of the knife-grinder).
"Records of a Girlhood" by Frances Ann Kemble
Why, bless you, I have none to tell, Sir,' as Canning's needy knife-grinder says.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
It was up this street that the old knife-grinder was slowly propelling his apparatus, which was fitted to two large light wheels.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
When they had breakfasted, he desired Joey to go for the knife-grinder's wheel, and follow him.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
The crippled knife-grinder Pierre had entered.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
There are widows with children, traveling tinkers, and knife-grinders.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
But it turned out that Gorbio, like the knife-grinder, had no story.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Beyond him was another almost equally dirty, pushing a knife grinder's barrow over the bridge.
"The Wonderful Visit" by Herbert George Wells
A travelling knife-grinder, with his treadle and wheels, has a machine, but not a very perfect one.
"Knowledge is Power:" by Charles Knight
Like the knife-grinder, story they have none to tell.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
Her excited gesticulations drew the attention of a knife-grinder and two little girls.
"The White Terror and The Red" by Abraham Cahan
A knife-grinder came along, this morning, and he did appear to be a master hand.
"Pippin; A Wandering Flame" by Laura E. Richards
Church bells clanged, and a knife grinder was piping on an Arab reed.
"The Little Spanish Dancer" by Madeline Brandeis
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