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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HONING

He was keen for the open stretches, honing to be gone down the wind.

For that matter, I shouldnt wonder if you were honing to get rid of me.

We venture to assert, however, that honing a razor is at least as easy as stropping it.

If the honing be carried too far, a wire edge will be produced, and this must be removed.

You will observe that the stroke is exactly opposite to that used in honing.

This cannot be done by stropping, but is accomplished only by the process known as honing.

I'm sorry for Blackman,—he was just honing to soak that boy the limit!

I'll bet at this very minute you're honing to get after a silver-tip.

He sped down to the lake to plunge his head into the cool water and thereby sharpen the edge of an appetite that needed no honing.

They had been sent out with a relief column to Honing Spruit, where a train had been attacked and the troops in it hard pressed.

WORD ORIGIN

"whetstone," Old English han "stone, rock, (boundary) stone," in Middle English "whetstone" (early 14c.), from Proto-Germanic *haino (cf. Old Norse hein "hone"). The verb is 1788, from the noun. Related: Honed; honing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HONING

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.