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: dagger, stiletto
: a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth
: an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto
: a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle English bodekin
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