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paper knife

noun
1.
a small, often decorative, knifelike instrument with a blade of metal, ivory, wood, or the like, for slitting open envelopes, the leaves of books, folded papers, etc.
2.
the blade of a paper cutter.
Origin of paper knife
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • The little judge rapped on the table with his paperknife and urged the reader afresh upon his wild career.

  • I attacked it bravely, however, hacking my way into it, paperknife in hand.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • Hella is painting a paperknife in imitation of tarsia mosaic.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • He sat drumming on his desk with the antique stainless steel spatula he used as a paperknife.

    Helpfully Yours Evelyn E. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for paperknife

paperknife

/ˈpeɪpəˌnaɪf/
noun (pl) -knives
1.
a knife with a comparatively blunt blade, esp one of wood, bone, etc, for opening sealed envelopes
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