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Definition of awl

: a pointed tool for marking surfaces or piercing small holes (as in leather or wood)

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Recent Examples on the Web Step 3: Lay your template onto the pumpkin and poke small holes using the toothpick or awl to indicate where the holes need to be according to the template. Yaa Bofah, Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2021 Mark the center of the diagonals with an awl and bore a pilot hole on the mark using a 9⁄64-inch twist drill bit. James Schadewald, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2021 This comes with a free, see-through ruler and an awl tool to measure and mark your hole perfectly. Chris Hachey, BGR, 9 June 2021 Centered on the block's width, use the awl to mark both hole positions, 2 in. James Schadewald, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2021 In one grave, researchers found the body a woman buried alongside a metal awl, obsidian beads and a belt adorned with 1,668 ostrich eggshell beads. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2021 This also comes with three punch plates, an awl, a ruler, and an eBook with tips and tricks. Chris Hachey, BGR, 9 June 2021 Hole and Sew Working around the perimeter of the main piece of leather (even where the pieces don’t overlap), use an awl to make holes ¼ inch in from the edge and spaced approximately 1/4 inch apart [3]. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, 19 Dec. 2020 Stick to the basics and get a toolbox that includes a good utility knife or rotary cutter, a diamond chisel, a scratch awl, needles, and thread. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 19 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of awl

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for awl

Middle English al, from Old English æl; akin to Old High German āla awl, Sanskrit ārā

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“Awl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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: a pointed tool for making small holes (as in leather or wood)

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