- a pocketknife, the blade of which is held by a spring and can be released suddenly, as by pressing a button.
Origin of switchblade
Related Words for switchbladebayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, pistol, bomb, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver
Examples from the Web for switchblade
Historical Examples of switchblade
The switchblade snicked back and disappeared into a side pocket of the jacket, while Ord watched it with fascinated eyes.Remember the Alamo
R. R. Fehrenbach
The other two curs outa the same litter: Switchblade an' Turkey-Buzzard, over there.
The next day, Switchblade Joe Bonney came in to make payment on a note we were holding on him.
After a moment he withdrew it, and fumbled in his leg pocket withdrawing a switchblade knife.First on the Moon
- US and Canadian a knife with a retractable blade that springs out when a button is pressed