a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.
Other definitions for A.W.L. (2 of 2)
absent with leave.
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How to use awl in a sentence
Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl.
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Really the best method is to make a round denuded spot by twirling a small brad-awl.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
The last act of ownership performed by the master was the piercing of the right ear with an awl.Landholding In England | Joseph Fisher
Baba Mustapha was seated with an awl in his hand, just going to work.The Arabian Nights | Unknown
"I'll earn 'em," said the cobbler, with a savage dash of his awl which one of his fingers barely escaped.All He Knew | John Habberton
The older needlework is of exceptionally good character and shows great skill with the awl.The Myths of the North American Indians | Lewis Spence
British Dictionary definitions for awl
a pointed hand tool with a fluted blade used for piercing wood, leather, etc: See also bradawl
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