dag·ger | \ˈda-gər \

Definition of dagger 

1 : a sharp pointed knife for stabbing

2a : something that resembles a dagger

b : a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date

at daggers drawn

: in a state of open hostility or conflict

look daggers or stare daggers

: to stare angrily they looked daggers at each other across the table

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Other Words from dagger

daggerlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of dagger in a Sentence

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Woods seems more willing to turn the dagger on himself. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Back at the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods Struggles, Then Shrugs," 14 June 2018 Durant dominated Game 3, scoring 43 points and delivering the dagger to the Cavaliers. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Warriors remain an unbeatable NBA champion for one reason," 10 June 2018 Redick, who scored 27, sank the dagger late in the fourth that sent confetti flying, team flags waving, and put a late-night celebration on deck. Dan Gelston, BostonGlobe.com, "76ers eliminate Heat, await Celtics-Bucks winner," 25 Apr. 2018 Redick, who scored 27, sank the dagger late in the fourth that got the party started. Washington Post, "Believe it! 76ers roll with Meek Mill past Heat in Game 5," 24 Apr. 2018 The museum is still conducting tests on the dagger. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A 500-Year-Old Spanish Pistol Part Was Discovered in Colorado," 13 Mar. 2018 Neal unleashed a vicious block on Williams and followed it up with a dagger 3. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Jay Williams gets embarrassed in 1-on-1 game against Kansas football player," 19 Feb. 2018 In the years since Carter’s big discovery, researchers have found that not only King Tut’s dagger but also virtually all iron goods dating to the Bronze Age were made from iron that fell from the sky. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Covering Congress was at times so hazardous that in addition to pencils and notebooks, some reporters carried daggers. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Angry mobs, deadly duels, presses set on fire: A history of attacks on the press," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of dagger

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dagger

Middle English

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look/shoot/stare daggers at

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English Language Learners Definition of dagger

: a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon


dag·ger | \ˈda-gər \

Kids Definition of dagger

: a short knife used for stabbing

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evasion of direct action or statement

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