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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KNIVES

He made signs for me to give him the knife, but I could not, as we were very short of knives.

Then she picked one of the knives from the bucket and handed it to him.

Here my mistress met me with a double allowance of knives to clean.

The arms of the pale faces are long, and their knives sharp!

Why should they brighten their tomahawks and sharpen their knives against each other?

They were seated at a low table where no forks or knives or even plates were laid.

How thoroughly I approved at that moment of the revolvers and the knives hidden in the belts.

Cutters are continually cutting each other down with knives.

The shooting had died down; they were fighting with bayonets and knives now.

There were no knives on the table, and his attendants refused to let him have any.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English cnif, probably from Old Norse knifr, from Proto-Germanic *knibaz (cf. Middle Low German knif, Middle Dutch cnijf, German kneif), of uncertain origin. To further confuse the etymology, there also are forms in -p-, e.g. Dutch knijp, German kneip. French canif "penknife" (mid-15c.) is borrowed from Middle English or Norse.

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