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clasp knife

  1. a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle.
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Origin of clasp knife

First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for clasp knife

Historical Examples

  • And Tumm picked at the knot with his clasp-knife; and we sat watching, silent, all.

    The Cruise of the Shining Light

    Norman Duncan

  • "If Tom Kidd goes 'e'll shut up like a clasp-knife," said Lew.

  • With a clasp-knife he was cutting the leather in a spiral, paring off a thin lace.

  • He flourished his clasp-knife and bent and cut the lashings.

  • In all haste he pulled his clasp-knife and cut the lashings which held the boat in its chocks.

British Dictionary definitions for clasp knife

clasp knife

  1. a large knife with one or more blades or other devices folding into the handle
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