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The switchblade snicked back and disappeared into a side pocket of the jacket, while Ord watched it with fascinated eyes.

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.

WORD ORIGIN

also switch-blade, type of folding pocket knife, 1932, from switch (n.) + blade. So called for the "switch" which is pressed to spring the knife open. Earlier a similar tool was known as an Arkansas toothpick (1837) and a clasp-knife (1755).

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