pencil sharpener

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pencil sharpener a rotary implement for sharpening the point on pencils
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Idioms

Sharpen your pencil - (USA) If someone says this when negotiating, they want the other person to make a better offer, a lower price.
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Usage

In literature:

And, girls, I'll lend you my knife to sharpen your pencils.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
At last Bruce walked to the work-bench and took a carpenter's pencil from a box and sharpened it.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
The scorer in the tent hurriedly sharpened his pencil.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Bertha sat beside her, destroying pencils in her awkward attempt to sharpen them.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
I think she said she must go and get her pencil sharpened.
"Humour of the North" by Lawrence J. Burpee
Lila shrugged her shoulder and finished sharpening her pencil.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
If you hold the knife as you would when sharpening a pencil and look down on the blade there are no pencil marks visible.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
Do not use a pencil sharpener, for it leaves too sharp a point.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Captain Loreuil was sharpening a pencil.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Lemme take your knife to sharpen this pencil with.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Sometimes it is a loan of a pencil sharpener, more often it must be the aid of the other fellow's brain to help solve a problem.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
I easily sharpened pencils with one which I picked up.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
Recently we were exhibiting a small pencil sharpener to a muscular friend.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
He had tinkered with his pen, sharpened half a dozen pencils, and mussed up as many sheets of paper when a knock brought him to his feet.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
At the door, sharpening a pencil, was a representative of the Associated Press.
"The Pace That Kills" by Edgar Saltus
This they managed by acquiring large sheets of paper and nicely sharpened pencils.
"The Camp Fire Girls in After Years" by Margaret Vandercook
They surreptitiously sharpened her pencils and cleaned her desk for her.
"Concerning Belinda" by Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
Fred ran in to have his pencil sharpened, and also to announce that one of the cunning little guinea-pigs was dead.
"Kathie's Soldiers" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
There must be a note-book and a quantity of well-sharpened pencils.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson
Whenever I am with you, I feel like a pencil being sharpened.
"Dodo's Daughter" by E. F. Benson
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In poetry:

And while with numb white-frozen lips
It whispered, urging me to hurry,
I sharpened pencils, played with clips,
Made feeble jokes and did not worry.
"After the Interval" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

T ough economic times over the past few years have businesses and municipalities sharpening their pencils to spend dollars wisely.
For electric motor users, it's pencil-sharpening time.
WHEN SHARPENED PENCILS WENT TO WAR.
Other times you use them to shop for shoddy electric pencil sharpeners and fill out police reports.
To use this wasted time and help students de-stress, I've asked students to wait for pencil- sharpening /joke telling time.
While I had Dave on the phone, I asked him for advice on pencil sharpeners .
SOUTH PORTLAND — Of the five races for municipal seats in the Nov 6 election, voters will have a choice on the ballot in one and can sharpen their pencils for another.
Open your notebooks, and sharpen your pencils.
They need to bring two sharpened pencils and their selection of books for independent reading time.
Microsoft May Have To Sharpen Its Pencil .
SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS, trivia hounds.
It also points at essential new trends in sharpening , including "Celebrity Impression Pencil Sharpening (CIPS)," a warning about the "Psychological Risks Associated with Pencil Sharpening ", and a survey of "Wines that tastes like pencils.
Microsoft May Have To Sharpen Its Pencil.
The candidates are suiting up, reporters are gathering, live tweeters are sharpening their virtual pencils.
What you should know about standardized tests before your child sharpens his #2 pencil.
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