verb (used with object)
Origin of gimlet
Examples from the Web for gimlet
Murdoch was known to personally track all of the editorial budgets with a gimlet eye.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are reasons, in other words, for hard-shell conservatives to give him the gimlet eye.Rand Paul Woos the Base With Hot Monica Lewinsky Talk|Michael Tomasky|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What the baron recoils from in horror, others discern with a gimlet eye to the main social chance.
However, with the gimlet eyes of a new blogger, I detect ominous portents of change.
In other words, the mental jump needed to invent the gimlet was from a base of nothing that we can exactly specify.Invention|Bradley A. Fiske
These holes may be bored with a screw-eye if you haven't a gimlet or drill.Home-made Toys for Girls and Boys|A. Neely Hall
His fiery eyes, placed very close to his nose and piercing as a gimlet, would have won him the name of a sorcerer in Naples.The Two Brothers|Honore de Balzac
For these the holes should be bored part way with a gimlet, and a peg used larger than the hole.Boy Scouts Handbook|Boy Scouts of America
Bore a hole one-quarter of an inch across through the centre of the disk with a gimlet or sharp-pointed awl.The Child's Rainy Day Book|Mary White
Word Origin for gimlet
boring-tool, mid-14c., gymbelette, from Anglo-French guimbelet (French gibelet), perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn (with substitute of French diminutive suffix), diminutive of wimmel "auger, drill." The meaning "cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice" is first attested 1928, presumably from its "penetrating" effects on the drinker.