butcher knife

Origin of butcher knife

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for butcher knife

Historical Examples of butcher knife

  • Pointing to it, I held out a butcher-knife,—a good bargain, I fancied.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Then Ah Sam, with a butcher-knife, cuts these pieces into strips just as wide as the can.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

  • "Well, I have," rejoined the other, turning his meat with the point of his butcher-knife.

    In the Old West

    George Frederick Ruxton

  • Well, what would you say to a man who chased his wife with a butcher-knife?

    The Rosie World

    Parker Fillmore

  • We next gave to each one of them a jack-knife; then to each one of the women a butcher-knife, for cutting up their seals.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens