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clasp knife

a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle.
Origin of clasp knife
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With a little bubbling cry of joy he produced his clasp knife, and went to work busily to hack the ropes in twain.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews
  • The other hand went to his pocket, with fingers clutching the clasp knife there.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • The lock of the box had apparently been forced by Droulliard's hatchet, or perhaps by the clasp knife found on his body.

  • A clasp knife, much discoloured, was found in the ashes of the fire.

  • Ginty drew a plug of black tobacco from his pocket, and began cutting shreds from it with a clasp knife.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • Henry approached cautiously and slew him with his clasp knife.

    The Young Trailers Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He opened and closed his clasp knife and was silent for several minutes.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • But I had not a shot left, nor did either of us have a clasp knife.

  • Nils gave him a playful tap which bent the tall boy up like a clasp knife.

  • Krag hunted about in his pockets, and at length produced a clasp knife.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
British Dictionary definitions for clasp knife

clasp knife

a large knife with one or more blades or other devices folding into the handle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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