- a small pointed piece of wood, plastic, etc., for removing substances, especially food particles, from between the teeth.
Origin of toothpick
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Examples from the Web for toothpick
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick or knife, when inserted, comes out clean.Carrot Cake Without Eggs Recipe
March 15, 2011
Add the batter and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out dry when inserted in the center.In Awe of Ina Garten
December 21, 2010
Bake in oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.Bacon Corn Muffins With Savory Cream-Cheese Frosting
August 25, 2009
Not one of them cared a toothpick for the Republican Party of their time and each struggled mightily to remake it.GOP R.I.P.
April 10, 2009
Her knitting was before her, but she had laid it down to pick her teeth with a toothpick.A Tale of Two Cities
He became thoughtful again, and the toothpick was in requisition.Barnaby Rudge
Then roll quickly, hold together with a toothpick and toast the outside.Desserts and Salads
She burst into a laugh and took out her toothpick to point it at me.
Miss Francis, her toothpick suspended, stood in rapt contemplation.
- a small sharp sliver of wood, plastic, etc, used for extracting pieces of food from between the teeth
- a slang word for bowie knife
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Word Origin and History for toothpick
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