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[brad-awl] /ˈbrædˌɔl/
noun, Carpentry.
an awl for making small holes in wood for brads.
Origin of bradawl
First recorded in 1815-25; brad + awl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mr bradawl had a pretty tough job of it, for the oak was hard.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • He waved his hand deprecatingly, the bradawl used for his work in it.

    The Purple Land W. H. Hudson
  • Holes can be made in the centre with a bradawl and enlarged with a round file.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • Through the balancing point G a bradawl is stuck, and on that as pivot the whole readily revolves.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • Care must be taken to bore for the nails with a bradawl, as nothing looks worse than splits in the work.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • Then tell me, Gustavus, have you ever lived in service with a gentleman who was partial to a bradawl—of a night, you understand?

  • Very small rockets, 2⁄8, are made for children; they are rammed solid, and a hole is pushed up them with a bradawl.

  • Around the cell are a number of small holes, looking as if they had been bored with a bradawl.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • The body wire (having no loops) can be pushed in at the head through a hole previously made with a bradawl.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • When dry, make a bradawl hole through one part, to reach the powder.

British Dictionary definitions for bradawl


an awl used to pierce wood, leather, or other materials for the insertion of brads, screws, etc
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