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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The other hand went to his pocket, with fingers clutching the clasp knife there.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • A clasp knife, much discoloured, was found in the ashes of the fire.

  • Doctor Raymond drew out a clasp knife and started to open it.

    Bee and Butterfly Lucy Foster Madison
  • Henry approached cautiously and slew him with his clasp knife.

    The Young Trailers

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But I had not a shot left, nor did either of us have a clasp knife.

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

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • He opened and closed his clasp knife and was silent for several minutes.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • But by degrees he got one hand at liberty, and with that he pulled a clasp knife out of his pocket and opened it.

    Aaron Trow Anthony Trollope
  • He took out his clasp knife, and after stripping off the papery outer shell, cut the onion into thick dewy slices.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • 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
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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