Definition of cleaver
1 : one that cleaves; especially : a butcher's implement for cutting animal carcasses into joints or pieces
2 : a prehistoric stone tool having a sharp edge at one end
Recent Examples of cleaver from the Web
Beijing (AP) -- Two people were hacked to death and another nine injured by a man wielding a meat cleaver inside a Walmart store in China's southern manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, police in the city's Bao'an district said Monday.
Harold’s Chicken Shack and Sports Bar is coming to Hollywood Boulevard, bringing along 67 years of poultry-frying expertise, and a deliciously brutal logo featuring a cleaver-wielding chef chasing a chicken.
In 2004 a young man used a meat cleaver to castrate and kill his father there.
Between 2010 and 2012, there were at least nine separate attacks on elementary school children in China, which left at least 25 people dead and more than 100 wounded, with weapons including knives, a hammer, an axe, a cleaver and a box-cutter.
And the cable network did have some problems, which Lack attacked with a meat cleaver when a scalpel would have sufficed.
Police arrived and found a 46-year-old man with a meat cleaver and a butcher knife.
With his $409 million in line-item vetoes, Gov. Rick Scott has given the hacksaws and meat cleavers amiss and opted for cruise missiles.
In THE AXEMAN OF NEW ORLEANS: The True Story (Chicago Review, $26.99) Miriam C. Davis resurrects a madman with a meat cleaver (the ax came later) who made his first attack on a summer night in 1910.
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First Known Use of cleaver
CLEAVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cleaver for English Language Learners
: a heavy knife with a wide blade used for cutting up large pieces of meat
CLEAVER Defined for Kids
Definition of cleaver for Students
: a heavy knife used for cutting up meat
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