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gimlet

[ gim-lit ]

noun

  1. a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft with a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other.
  2. a cocktail made with gin or vodka, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes soda water.


verb (used with object)

  1. to pierce with or as if with a gimlet.
  2. Also gim·blet [] Nautical. to rotate (a suspended anchor) to a desired position.

adjective

  1. able to penetrate or bore through.

gimlet

/ ˈɡɪmlɪt /

noun

  1. a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
  2. a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
  3. a eucalyptus of W Australia having a twisted bole


verb

  1. tr to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet

adjective

  1. penetrating; piercing (esp in the phrase gimlet-eyed )
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Other Words From

  • gimlet·y adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gimlet1

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French guimbelet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wimmel wimble
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gimlet1

C15: from Old French guimbelet, of Germanic origin, see wimble
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Example Sentences

Murdoch was known to personally track all of the editorial budgets with a gimlet eye.

There are reasons, in other words, for hard-shell conservatives to give him the gimlet eye.

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.

Gorenflot went off quite happy, and then Chicot made, with a gimlet, a hole in the partition at about the height of his eye.

To broach a pipe, pierce it with an auger or gimlet, four fingers- breadth over the lower rim, so that the dregs may not rise.

He stood, shivering, with gimlet flames in his eyes, his fingers twitching restlessly.

Tom had broken his gimlet and three extra ones which fortunately some one had brought.

I will not have thee strike thy gimlet into these weak vessels; prick thine enemies, Ralph.

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