• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knife-grinder one who grinds or sharpens knives
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cníf: Ger. kneif, knife, kneifen, to nip.


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
"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