gimlet

Definitions

  • Brad-Awl.  Twist-Drill.   German Gimlet-Bit.  Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit.  Auger-Bit
    Brad-Awl. Twist-Drill. German Gimlet-Bit. Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit. Auger-Bit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gimlet hand tool for boring holes
    • n gimlet a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gimlet A small tool for boring holes. It has a leading screw, a grooved body, and a cross handle.
    • Gimlet To pierce or make with a gimlet.
    • Gimlet (Naut) To turn round (an anchor) by the stock, with a motion like turning a gimlet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gimlet A small instrument with a pointed screw at the end, for boring holes in wood by turning it with one hand.
    • gimlet To use or apply a gimlet upon; form a hole in by using a gimlet; turn round, as one does a gimlet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gimlet gim′let a small tool for boring holes by turning it with the hand
    • v.t Gimlet to pierce with a gimlet:
    • v.t Gimlet (naut.) to turn round (an anchor) as if turning a gimlet
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. guimbelet, guibelet, F. gibelet, prob. fr. OD. wimpel, weme, a bore, wemelen, to bore, to wimble. See Wimble (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Ward's eyes bored like gimlets through the space that divided them.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
With a gimlet bore holes at points A, B, C, and D. Connect these holes with a pencil line as a guide for cutting.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
He rushed into the chief ironmonger's and bought a pair of skates and a gimlet.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Now lend me your gimlet just a minute!
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
Then he quietly drew a gimlet from his pocket and bored a hole in the door.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
At all times he used his eyes, which were sharp as gimlets.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Just for a moment he looked into the gimlet eyes of the other.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
In some way they suggest winged gimlets.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
She turned around in joyful relief to encounter a pair of gimlet-like black eyes in the face of an old woman.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
I held my breath as I felt those gimlet eyes of his boring into me.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
But that was a poor excuse for being without a gimlet.
"Our Young Folks--Vol. I, No. II, February 1865" by Various
She replied to his tyrannic voice with one as hard and stabbing as a gimlet.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
But by a coincidence the doctor came, gimlet-eyed.
"A Diary Without Dates" by Enid Bagnold
As you say, I have changed; but his eyes are like gimlets, they'd pierce a stone wall.
"The House by the Lock" by C. N. Williamson
Here she knelt in another outburst of tears, while the gimlet-eyed storekeeper explained.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
A bad gimlet has spoilt many a day's skating.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
A gimlet taken from its handle and secured to the ramrod, refused to take hold.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
Some writer has said that a fixed idea is a sort of gimlet; every year gives it another turn.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
MRS. JANE GIMLET TO MRS. JUDITH PUNCH.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
His eyes were like fiery gimlets.
"The Time Mirror" by Clark South
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In poetry:

O little gimlets—
What holes this papery day is already full of!
He his been burning me with cigarettes,
Pretending I am a negress with pink paws.
I am myself. That is not enough.
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath
Old saws and gimlets but its appetite whets,
Like the world-famous bark of Peru;
There's nothing so hard that the bird will discard,
And nothing its taste will eschew
That you
Can give that long-legged Emeu!
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Governments must take a gimlet-eyed look.
Manhattans, Sazeracs and gimlets are on the comeback trail.
Cucumber, Basil, & Lime Gimlet .
Lime juice plus gin equals gimlet .
After Many Sunsets, Artie Gimlet Returns.
He called it "The Gimlet Eye," which had nothing to do with that gin and lime concoction that some people apparently drink when champagne is not available.
Lime juice plus gin equals gimlet.
Lime juice plus gin equals gimlet.
So you've squandered your paychecks on vodka gimlets and too many shoes, and now you're stuck with the shame of having to spend your cherished two weeks of vacay staring at reruns of Full House.
Cucumber , Basil, & Lime Gimlet.
Yet Audi Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn ought to cast a gimlet eye out toward Asia.
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