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knife grinder

noun
  1. a person who makes and sharpens knives, esp an itinerant one
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Historical Examples of knife grinder

  • Yes, I was then as you say; but recollect that lately I have been a knife-grinder.

    The Poacher

    Frederick Marryat

  • A blind man's dog, or the companion of a knife-grinder, is comparatively elevated.

    Urban Sketches

    Bret Harte

  • But it turned out that Gorbio, like the knife-grinder, had no story.

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • To resume my story (which is very like that of the knife-grinder).

    Records of a Girlhood

    Frances Ann Kemble

  • I am like the knife-grinder, who had no story to tell,—none at least to be told.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope