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butter knife

noun
1.
a small knife with a dull blade, for cutting, serving, or spreading butter.
Origin of butter knife
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • The butter was passed to him, and he said, "Me no butter knife."

  • My girls surprised me with a beautiful toast rack, butter knife and candlestick.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
  • Lieutenant Defoe gestured expressively with a butter knife in one hand and a piece of roll in the other.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen

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