Definition of dagger
1 : a sharp pointed knife for stabbing
2a : something that resembles a daggerb : a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date
daggerlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at daggers drawn
: in a state of open hostility or conflict
: to stare angrily they looked daggers at each other across the table
Recent Examples of dagger from the Web
Meanwhile, the terrified Pamina was running through an endless hallway, only to be caught in a giant web as red daggers flew all around her.
There's a lot of jockeying and politicking and cloak and dagger stuff involved, and the final vote is carried out in a closed-door meeting.
Sporting KC, which also got a late dagger from winger Gerso Fernandes, moves on to the quarterfinals of the Open Cup bracket.
The federal drug case against former Indianapolis resident Doug Sloan included a bizarre twist in which a quarter-million dollars went missing in a cloak-and-dagger plan that cost two Hendricks County deputy sheriffs their jobs.
Al Jazeera is so closely intertwined with the Qatari ruling family, which has funded the network since its inception in 1996, that the attempt to shut it down represents a dagger aimed at the heart of the Qatari political establishment.
The loss was a dagger to the heart for U of L, one plunged in by TCU's pitching staff and subsequently twisted by two umpiring decisions –
But as details of the legislation were released Thursday morning, a number of Republican senators have voiced concerns that suggest McConnell’s cloak-and-dagger strategy could backfire.
Among the 75 items in this personal museum are framed handguns with the Nazi insignia, daggers, war medals, trophies and a large embossed bust of Adolf Hitler.
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Origin and Etymology of dagger
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
DAGGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dagger for English Language Learners
: a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon
DAGGER Defined for Kids
Definition of dagger for Students
: a short knife used for stabbing
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