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dagger

[ dag-er ]
/ ˈdæg ər /
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noun
a short, swordlike weapon with a pointed blade and a handle, used for stabbing.
Also called obelisk. Printing. a mark (†) used especially for references.
verb (used with object)
to stab with or as if with a dagger.
Printing. to mark with a dagger.
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Idioms about dagger

    look daggers at, to look at angrily, threateningly, or with hate.

Origin of dagger

1350–1400; Middle English, probably alteration of Old French dague, of obscure origin; cf. dag1
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British Dictionary definitions for dagger

dagger
/ (ˈdæɡə) /

noun
a short stabbing weapon with a pointed blade
Also called: obelisk a character (†) used in printing to indicate a cross reference, esp to a footnote
at daggers drawn in a state of open hostility
look daggers to glare with hostility; scowl
verb (tr)
to mark with a dagger
archaic to stab with a dagger

Word Origin for dagger

C14: of uncertain origin
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